Service Modification of metal badges, an introduction to some selected examples

Here is a further topic in our series of video blogs on Australian Army metal uniform insignia. This post covers “Service Alteration” of otherwise standard issue metal insignia items. This post covers everything from repaired service damage, through to alteration of fastening fittings by service personnel , before going on to discuss examples of badges which have been deliberately bent along one long axis, in order to make a metal hat or cap badge fit a Service Dress Cap brim or for the purpose of following the curvature of the upturned brim on an Australian Army Slouch Hat (also known as a ‘Khaki Fur Felt’ or ‘KFF’). The post ends with the details of ‘saw piercing’ work done to the hat badge of the South Australian Mounted Rifles (SAMR) hat badge and comprehensively remodeled hat, collar and sporran badges used by the Sydney University Regiment Band (SUR). There are a couple of other interesting ‘oddities’ thrown in to the coverage of this discussion as well.

Finally, please note that one of the collar badges discussed in this post, is the Adelaide University Regiment… for some reason I incorrectly named it as the “Australian” University Regiment, but I doubt that with confuse anyone enough for the audio to need alteration.


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I am the "C" component of the "CB" numbering system used in our book called: Metal Uniform Embellishments of the Australian Army, Post 1953 ('QEII Series') Vol 1 (Insignia for Corps and Schools etc). Yep... that's a mouthful and the 614 page eBook is an eyeful to match... with images of the front and back of each item, as well as weights and measures for each, so that badge variants can be reliably distinguished by collectors, dealers, historians, re-enactor groups and enthusiasts anywhere in the world.

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