Other Ranks Headdress Badges


The Other Ranks version of the 2nd King Edward's Horse headdress badge (KK 1134) is die-struck in gilding metal with a slider. The slider is crimped from the original manufacturing process and is attached behind the base of the King's Crown.  Examples of this badge are shown in Figures 355-356 noting the differences in tone.  

Figures 355-356: A pair of original Other Ranks headdress badges of 2nd King Edward’s Horse in gilding metal with a crimped sliders circa 1915-1917. 

Copies of the 2nd King Edward’s Horse headdress badge can be found in gilding metal with a J.R GAUNT LONDON makers mark on the slider which lack a crimp mark.  There are also copies in white metal with both sliders and loops (John Gaylor. Military Badge Collecting, Sixth Edition. London: LeoCooper, 1996). The most commonly encountered copies of the 2nd King Edward’s Horse headdress badge are readily identified by the fact that they are non-voided.  

A smaller non-voided gilding metal Other Ranks version is noted by Reginald H. Cox (Military Badges of the British Empire 1914-18. London: Ernest Benn Limited, 1982). An example of this is shown in Figures 357 with the non-voided badge being die struck in gilding metal with a slider. This badge is a copy. The 2nd King Edward’s Horse did not wear side caps or other forms of headdress apart from the peaked cap and so pagri badges and the like were not worn apart from the regular size voided headdress badge.
 
Figures 429: A non-voided, small copy of the 2nd King Edward’s Horse headdress badge with a modern, non-crimped slider of an incorrect shape.