Thursday, February 17, 2011

NZ Army Regiment hat badge

Amongst last weekends finds was what appeared  to be a cap badge from one of the NZ armed forces.
I became curious as to its origin so set about trying to ID it.
As the badge was found in a marine location my first contact was the Navy Museum and as they did not recognize it they referred me to the NZ National Army museum who had no trouble sorting it out as follows:

Thanks for the photo; this is a New Zealand Regiment Hat Badge - Second Pattern. The NZ Regiment was formed in 1947 when the troops returned home from WW2, the old regional regiments (Such as the Wellington or Auckland etc) were disbanded (Later to be turned into the Territorial forces) and the troops all became part of one Regiment.  

24/2/11 Update:    More historical information from the National Army Museum.

This type of badge was gilt and silver wash with enamel inlay - this design was superseded in 1964 when the battalion was re-designated 1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment  (1RNZIR) - the new badge was a very similar design .Something I didn’t mention before is the Queens crown at the top which allows you to get a rough date for the badge (The Queens crown is only used if a Queen is on the throne) - so we can assume the badge was manufactured between 1953-1964. 
Thanks to Adam Moriarty.

The badge is in reasonable condition for having been about 200mm underground although the silver and gilt plating is long gone. 


Brett said...

Its interesting finding about these things.. seems to be a few around to be found.

Brett said...

The enamel looks to have lasted quite well, it interesting finding out about these..

Brett said...

do you have Adams email, I would mind sending a some photos of the badges and medals I have found, might be interesting to hear what he has to say about them.