Uncommon insignia items (No 1): RAR Band, Scottish Dress Bonnet Badges

Hello All,

In time for ANZAC Day 2015, we released the electronic (pdf format) edition of our 615 page reference work, on the metal uniform insignia used by All Corps and Schools (and authorised Philanthropic organisations) of the Australian Army, throughout the reign of Queen Elizabeth II (ie from 1953 to the present day).  The hard copy,  A4 spiral bound (236 page) ‘Concise’ Edition of Volume 1, was released on the 30th of September 2015.  Now, one year after the initial release of the electronic edition of Volume 1, we thought we’d provide you all with a brief look at some of the items included in the upcoming (2016) release of Volume 2 in our planned (3 Volume) series of hard copy reference works.

In this instance, we will be looking at some of the lesser known Unit/Regiment insignia of the ‘QEII’ series.  Specifically, we will be looking at the ‘Scottish Dress’ bonnet badges used by the Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) Band.

Later on, in a follow-up to this inital  ‘Vol 2 update’… we will provide you with a sneak peek at the entries for the chrome and gold-plated belt buckles used by the Federation Guard and by the RAR Band etc.

Happy researching and collecting!

Mark Corcoran and Arthur Butler

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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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