First Pattern Officer's FULL DRESS & Other Ranks SERVICE DRESS Headdress Badge

There are two patterns of the King Edward’s Horse headdress badge which differ in the style of the crown.

The first and second pattern King Edward's Horse headdress badges were in gilt for Officer's Full Dress, in bronze for Officer's Service Dress and gilding metal for Other Ranks. These are large badges which depict a shield of the Royal Standard to the centre of a wreath of oak and laurel that bears the names of the Commonwealth countries involved, surmounted by the Royal Crest. The first pattern headdress badge is surmounted with a distinctive ‘spikey’ Saxon Crown not found on any other headdress badge worn by the British army. This badge was referred to as the Goldsmiths & Silversmiths pattern by collectors from the 1940s as the trial badge for this pattern was made by Goldsmiths & Silversmiths of London as noted in the collection of W. Y. Carman (labelled as badge 14 in Figure 171) . The crown on the second pattern headdress badge is a regular Imperial crown synonymous with the period 1902-1952 and is generally referred to as the King's crown. Beneath the Crown there is a scroll bearing the title and to the lower edge the motto and tablet "KODR" for the King’s Overseas Dominion Regiment (KK 1506).

The first pattern Officer's headdress badge (KK 1506) shown in Figure 308 is die-struck, gilt and voided with east-west loops. An Other Ranks version of this badge which is also die-struck, gilding metal with north-south loops is shown in Figure 309. To date I have not come across a version of the first pattern headdress badge (KK 1506) with a slider fitting.

The first pattern headdress badges were worn from the re-naming of the Regiment to King Edward's Horse in 1910 until at least 1916.

Figure 307: The first pattern King Edward’s Horse Other Ranks headdress badge (KK 1506) in gilding metal and Service Dress tunic with King Edward's Horse tunic button worn by Private Jim Kerr, 379 circa 1914 (Peter Nemaric collection).

Figure 308: A genuine first pattern King Edward’s Horse Officer’s headdress badge (KK 1506) in gilt with east-west loops circa 1910-16. 

The first pattern headdress badge in Figure 309 is an Officer’s Service Dress version of KK 1506 which is die-cast, voided bronze and fitted with east-west blades.

Figure 309: A genuine first pattern King Edward’s Horse Other Ranks headdress badge (KK 1506) in gilding with north-south loops circa 1910-16.