Differentiating Genuine and Copies of the Australasian Squadron Other Ranks' Headdress Badge


Differentiating Genuine and Copies of the Australasian Squadron Other Ranks' Headdress Badge Differentiating Genuine and Copies of the Australasian Squadron Other Ranks' Headdress Badge
The ‘C’ Squadron (Australasian) headdress badge is one of the most difficult to authenticate among the King’s Colonials badges.  In the late 1970's copies of this badge first really became apparent to collectors in Australia mainly as a result of the increased numbers of examples appearing on dealer's mail order lists and at militaria shows.  An article by K.R. White from 1980 notes that copies of this badge were of a copper gold irregular colour relative to the light gold finish of die-struck genuine badges (Sabretache: Journal of the Australian Military Historical Society, 21 (3):14-15, July-September, 1980).  Although die-struck the copy in the article lacked the fine detail of the genuine and was of a different size.  

As with all King's Colonials headdress badges the quality of the strike is very good guide to whether the badge is genuine or not as is the position of the loops and their lack of feet.  As noted on the first of three copies the lack of seeding is a characteristic of the badge not being genuine.  Collectively these are important characteristics that can be used to help differentiate between a copy and a genuine ‘C’ Squadron (Australasian) headdress badge.  However, the most readily identifiable and reliable feature on a genuine example are the fingers on the front paws of the kangaroo which can clearly be seen in Figure 178 (left image) as individual fingers versus the copy below in Figure 179 (right image) with clubbed and indistinguishable fingers.  

Figure 178, left image:  Close-up image of the fine detail of the front paw of the kangaroo of the genuine 'C' Squadron (Australasian) headdress badge.

Figure 179, right image:  Close-up image of the lack of fine detail of the clubbed front paw of the kangaroo of the copy 'C' Squadron (Australasian) headdress badge.