Second Pattern Regimental Other Ranks' Headdress Badge - Additional Copy


An additional gilding metal copy the King’s Colonials second pattern Regimental headdress badge (KK 1371) is shown in Figures 139-140.  This copy has only the two lower loops which are positioned east-west and lacks the third loop normally positioned behind the Prince of Wales' feathers.  These loops again lack broad feet. This copy badge is also a poor strike lacking the detail of the genuine badges especially with the lettering of the motto.  
   
Figures 139-140:  A copy of the second pattern Other Ranks Regimental King’s Colonial headdress badge (KK 1371) in die struck, gilding metal with only two loops.  

A further gilding metal copy the King’s Colonials second pattern Regimental headdress badge (KK 1371) is shown in Figure 141. This copy has a slider fitted to the rear behind the Prince of Wales' feathers. Sliders were not fitted to any genuine King's Colonials headdress badges.

Figure 141:  Rear view of a copy of the second pattern Other Ranks Regimental King’s Colonial headdress badge (KK 1371) in die struck, gilding metal fitted with slider. 

Examination of a considerable number of genuine examples and copies of the second pattern Regimental headdress badge has established that the quality of the strike is a reliable characteristic to consider in authenticating these badges. Notwithstanding this there are clear differences between genuine and copies of the second pattern Regimental Other Ranks headdress badges in terms of weight, size and in some cases the number and positioning of the loops or sliders. Many copies have broad footed loops as an obvious characteristic of a poor copy.