Good morning gentlemen I have quite a few Canadian Airborne Cap badges in my collection but this particular badge I find rather perplexing I would not ask for opinions but this one has me scratching my head As I can not find an issued regulation example out there like it to compare it to
I purchased this badge as part of a lot with a late 1970's Canadian DPM jump smock,webbing ,beret and insignia.
The badge looks to have been on the beret for years the beret has never had a slider type of badge attached to it before and IMO this is the only badge that has ever been on said beret
( 1 ) as all these badges are post war produced after the inception of the regiment in 1968 it should have a slider attached to the back for attaching to the beret.
( 2 ) It is at least three times the weight of a regular issued cap badge they are of two piece construction and the backing is considerably heavier.
There was a badge constructed that was quite similar to these for the Regimental Dress Buckle but all the examples that I have handled are different in construction they are lighter and are flat backed to fit snugly on the dress buckle were as this one has a concave style of construction to the back of the badge .
Any thoughts and or opinions are welcome
I have been in discussion with some fellow collectors and some X-Airborne service men and the opinion is that it is a limited run private purchase (unauthorized ) example I have only seen two others like it in the last 20 years of collecting the manufacturer is unknown but there is some evidence that they were manufactured by a small company in Montreal Quebec but this is not conclusive and is only a theory at this point.
Regards Mark K