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British 17th Lancers Death's Head Button

Article about: I obtained this nicely worn brass button bearing a Death's Head symbol. I believe it is a 17th Lancers tunic button probably from WWI or earlier perhaps. It is well made but has no markings.

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    I obtained this nicely worn brass button bearing a Death's Head symbol. I believe it is a 17th Lancers tunic button probably from WWI or earlier perhaps. It is well made but has no markings.

    British 17th Lancers Death's Head ButtonBritish 17th Lancers Death's Head Button

    British 17th Lancers Death's Head Button

    Alongside my SS-VT Totenkopf cap buttons


    British 17th Lancers Death's Head Button
    Regards, Al

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    Nice button !

    Looks like a Victorian-era one.

    Unusual to have no maker marks.

    Now you just need a few related items ....................
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    Thanks Robin, I took a chance on the button not knowing what it was at the the time. It was erroneously listed as a Wehrwolf Bund button. For the time being it will have to settle in with some unrelated German skulls.

    British 17th Lancers Death's Head Button
    Regards, Al

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    Quote by Aldo View Post
    .........with some unrelated German skulls.
    Al.

    It actually IS related !

    It's a (very, very) long historical story, which I won't bore folks here with, but just think ............... Georgian Britain ................. Hannovarians ................ 17th Hussars (Brunswick) .............. 17th Lancers ..................... you get the drift.

    Here's a quick example of the connection.

    A Victorian 17th Lancers pouch badge which I have, versus a contemporary Brunswick 17th Hussars shako. The skulls are pretty much identical.
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    Wow, very nice! It will then fit in nicely with my small Brunswick collection

    British 17th Lancers Death's Head Button
    Regards, Al

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