Second Pattern Regimental Other Ranks' Headdress Badge - Copies


Two copies of the King’s Colonials second pattern Regimental Other Ranks headdress badge (KK 1371) are shown in Figures 199-200. Interestingly, one copy has three non-footed loops positioned as per a genuine example. The other copy has only two lower loops which are positioned east-west and lacks the third loop normally positioned behind the Prince of Wales' feathers. Both badges are a poor strike relative to a genuine badge lacking the detail especially with the lettering of the motto.  Another characteristic of poorer copies of this badge are the quality of the void at the base of the Prince of Wales feathers with voided/cut away area between the feather quills being irregular in shape and instead of being between the quills on the genuine example it cuts into the quills on poor copies.

Figures 199-200:  Two copies of the second pattern Other Ranks Regimental King’s Colonial headdress badge (KK 1371) in die struck, gilding metal with two and three loops.

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.

A further gilding metal copy the King’s Colonials second pattern Regimental headdress badge (KK 1371) is shown in Figure 201. 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 201:  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.