Discovering British Military Badges and Buttons
Discovering British Military Badges and Buttons
R. J. Wilkinson-Latham

0 7478 0484 2, (Db 148), 96 pages, many b/w pics

This book examines the development of the various styles of military head-dress badge from 1751, when the use of private crests and badges was forbidden, to the first use of cap badges in 1894. From that date, every style of badge for each regiment of the regular army is described or illustrated. Buttons are dealt with from the first order to number buttons in 1767, through the era of numbered buttons, to the newly designed buttons adopted in 1881, bearing a regimental badge. The continuing story reflects reorganisations of the Army up to the Second World War. The story of the development of badges and buttons is brought up the present day with the new badges designed for the brigade system of 1958, the large regiments of the 1970s and the radical Army reorganisations and amalgamations since 1990.

Robert Wilkinson-Latham was the fifth generation of his family to be connected with Wilkinson Sword Ltd. He always has had a deep interest in all things military, collecting, researching and since the 1970s writing about militaria, from badges and buttons to uniforms, edged weapons and documents.

This item is accompanied by an illustrated Certificate of Authenticity.

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