09-14-2014 05:56 PM
It's an original badge by an unknown maker (type 1.27.2), the same one as produced the semi hollow '4 rivet' badge seen below. The one you own is considered the 2nd variant of this badge, the die is different and the rivets were given up on due no doubt to the shortages of materials at this mid to later stage of the war, the crimped and soldered hardware taking it's place. The badge is fairly common, but this one is in particularly fine condition considering the finishes used at the time.
'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'
In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.
You da man Ned ...amazing knowledge. Thanks! Was a relatively cheap pickup a few years back.
My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them
"Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)
Nice find. The four rivet variant seems to be the more common variant of late. Yours is, as you say in top condition. Stewy