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South African Constabulary 10 years 3 months ago #3777

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TITLE: SOUTH AFRICAN CONSTABULARY

TYPE: SLOUCH HAT AND CAP BADGES

OWENS NUMBER: 1845, 1850, 1851, 1855, 1857 AND 1858 (No Enamel)















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South African Constabulary 9 years 3 months ago #12067

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Hello Mike,
A really wonderful collection of what are really quite scarce badges, all are nice, but, I like the Victorian crowned example, which is getting to be a rare thing thesedays.
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Good Morning Frank.....

Thank You.....

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Well, I think they are really nice, I do regret not buying some years ago, you don't see them thesedays in any quantity, have you any SAC badges that you know were worn by or any SAC medals awarded to Canadian recipients?

The Canadians did really well in the Northern Transvaal both in the closing months of the war and in the immediate aftermath, they managed to keep order in the Zoutspanberg, in what might have become a bloodbath had they not been there, the District Commissioner was very pleased to have a hundred of them as his personal escort!

Super badges though! :)

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Hi Frank.....

Yes I have a couple of Badge / Medal combinations my best ad fav. is below......

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South African Constabulary 9 years 3 months ago #12086

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Hello Mike,
That is a really nice display, I can see why you like it so much, I like the headstone in the photograph too as well as the badge.
I see that he served with A division, so I think their headquarters would be in Johannesburg.

One of the reasons why the Victorian badges are so rare today is that they came into being rather late in 1900 and the second batch of badges were lost on the Tantallon Castle when she was wrecked of Robben Island, inextricably, she was carrying a batch of badges, even though the Queen had already died at Osborne at the begining of 1901, the ship sailed for the Cape in April, one assumes with the Victorian attitude of waste not want not, these badges would have been worn, had they arrived, they had, of course, been ordered well before Her Majesty died.

All interesting stuff though, how long have you had Hill in your collection, I think you can and should always expect to pay a premium for Canadian's in particular those in B division that were up in Pietersburg.

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