Service Dress Mods Part 2

Here is a follow-up to our previous blog post, which covered insignia items which have been subjected to service alteration, in order to meet the requirements of various types of users during  the service life of an item.  This blog helps to illustrate insignia modifications which are commonly performed by soldiers on an individual basis, including:

  • rolling (or bending) of insignia to better fit on the curved surfaces of service dress caps and ‘slouch hat’ (KFF) brims; and
  • the creation of ‘sweetheart’ pieces etc.

This blog also shows some modifications which are made (in bulk) by Australian Army Units for their own purposes such as:

  • replacing a gilt finish on an otherwise standard insignia item, with a chrome or  silver finish for use by formation Bands (such as the Sydney University Band); and
  • ‘saw piercing’ of insignia designs…such as those done by the South Australian Mounted Rifles, to highlight Squadron or Company level personnel allocations (by using differing colour backing cloth, behind the modified insignia design).

We hope you find this to be useful during your own collecting and researching activities.

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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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