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Regimental Embellishments
Badge Backings, Feather Plumes and Horse-Hair Hackles

Cameron Highlanders tartan cloth badge backing Many military units wear coloured backings behind their cap badges - mainly on berets.  Most Scottish units wear tartan patches on Tam o'Shanters.
Accoutrements such as plumes are made of horse-hair and used on Bearskin caps and Busby hats.  Hackles are made from coloured feathers and worn behind the cap badge. 

Not only do these improve the display of a collection, the embellishments are collectable items in their own right, as many are linked to events in the history of the unit.  Most backings are hard to obtain as the felts and tartans are made from top quality military-specification materials, not normally available from retail shops.

A superb book on this subject is -

Badge Backings and Special Embellishments of the British Army. ISBN 0951434209: published in 1992 by the UDR Benevolent Fund.
A superb unique reference work - the only book on this subject. Many pictures and information direct from the regiments concerned.
Badge Backings and Special Embellishments of the British Army  Buy Book


Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous Cavalry / Yeomanry Shoulder Chain Mail: Captain Rank B1Q622 Cavalry / Yeomanry Shoulder Chain Mail: Captain Rank Good Condition Steel (Single) £30.00

Miscellaneous Lanyard - Khaki - WW2 Era B1S730 Lanyard - Khaki - WW2 Era Cord £4.00

Cap Badge Backings

Cap Badge Backings 10th PMO Gurkha Rifles (75mm Square Worn On Felt Hat E1L717 10th PMO Gurkha Rifles (75mm Square Worn On Felt Hat Hunting Stewart Tartan £4.00

Cap Badge Backings 15th/19th King's Royal Hussars E1N277 15th/19th King's Royal Hussars Red Badge-Shape Felt £3.00

Cap Badge Backings 2nd King Edward VII's Own Gurkha Rifles E1D681 2nd King Edward VII's Own Gurkha Rifles Badge-Shaped - Red Felt £3.00

Cap Badge Backings 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards E1H187 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards Dk Green Badge-Shape Felt £3.00

Cap Badge Backings Army Air Corps Beret Badge Backing E1K049 Army Air Corps Beret Badge Backing Blue-Black 50mm Sq Felt £3.00

Cap Badge Backings Black Watch & Other Scottish Glengarry Badges E1K207 Black Watch & Other Scottish Glengarry Badges Black Ribbon Rosette Silk £5.00

Cap Badge Backings Cameron Highlanders Or QO Highlanders Or 7th Gurkhas E1C170 Cameron Highlanders Or QO Highlanders Or 7th Gurkhas Tartan £4.00

Cap Badge Backings Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) (75mm Square) E1J978 Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) (75mm Square) Douglas Tartan Tartan £4.00

Cap Badge Backings Devonshire & Dorset Regiment E1I120 Devonshire & Dorset Regiment Grass Green 45mm Sq. Felt £3.00

Cap Badge Backings Duke Of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment E1L896 Duke Of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment Small Red Triangle Felt £3.00

Cap Badge Backings Duke Of Lancaster's Regiment E1R713 Duke Of Lancaster's Regiment Red Diamond Felt £3.00

Cap Badge Backings Duke Of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding) E1C023 Duke Of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding) Red Rounded Triangle Felt £3.00

Cap Badge Backings Durham Light Infantry - Rifle Green Disc E1S378 Durham Light Infantry - Rifle Green Disc 2 Inch Diameter Felt £3.00

Cap Badge Backings Edinburgh & Heriot-Watt Universities OTC E1J996 Edinburgh & Heriot-Watt Universities OTC Hunting Stewart Tartan £4.00

Cap Badge Backings Glasgow & Strathclyde Universities OTC (75mm Square) E1J994 Glasgow & Strathclyde Universities OTC (75mm Square) Mackenzie (Vertical) Tartan £4.00

Cap Badge Backings Gordon Highlanders Or The Highlanders (75mm Square) E1C542 Gordon Highlanders Or The Highlanders (75mm Square) Gordon Tartan Tartan £4.00

Cap Badge Backings Green Howards Beret Badge Backing E1K047 Green Howards Beret Badge Backing Dark Green 50mm Sq. Felt (Bosnia) £3.00

Cap Badge Backings Guards & Household Cavalry Badge Backing (50 X 63mm) E1C020 Guards & Household Cavalry Badge Backing (50 X 63mm) Blue/Maroon/Blue Ribbon £3.00

Cap Badge Backings Gurkha Independent Parachute Company - Ribbon Braid E1R666 Gurkha Independent Parachute Company - Ribbon Braid On Rifle Green Felt £6.00

Cap Badge Backings Highland Light Infantry / R Highland Fus (75mm Sq) E1J977 Highland Light Infantry / R Highland Fus (75mm Sq) Mackenzie (Vertical) Tartan £4.00

Cap Badge Backings Honourable Artillery Company Hat Band - 9.5cm Length E1S197 Honourable Artillery Company Hat Band - 9.5cm Length For Badge Display Felt £4.00

Cap Badge Backings King's Own Royal Border Regiment E1J964 King's Own Royal Border Regiment Red Diamond Felt £3.00

Cap Badge Backings King's Own Scottish Borderers (75mm Square) E1C547 King's Own Scottish Borderers (75mm Square) Leslie Tartan Tartan £4.00

Cap Badge Backings King's Regiment Beret Badge Backing E1C544 King's Regiment Beret Badge Backing 45mm Red Square Felt £3.00

Cap Badge Backings King's Regiment Other Ranks Side-Hat Badge Backing E1K069 King's Regiment Other Ranks Side-Hat Badge Backing Dark Green Disc Felt £3.00

Cap Badge Backings Liverpool University Officers Training Corps E1J998 Liverpool University Officers Training Corps 45mm Red Square Felt £3.00

Cap Badge Backings Manchester & Salford Universities OTC E1J997 Manchester & Salford Universities OTC 45mm Red Square Felt £3.00

Cap Badge Backings Officer Cadet - Circular White Disc E1I941 Officer Cadet - Circular White Disc 65mm Diameter Plastic £3.00

Cap Badge Backings Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry - Green E1S448 Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry - Green Disc 2 Inch Diameter Felt £3.00

Cap Badge Backings Parachute Regiment - 15th Battalion (57mm Diamond) E1C693 Parachute Regiment - 15th Battalion (57mm Diamond) Hunting Stewart Tartan £4.00

Cap Badge Backings Police Black & White Diced Hat Band - 7.5cm Length E1R602 Police Black & White Diced Hat Band - 7.5cm Length For Badge Display Woven £3.00

Cap Badge Backings Princess Of Wales's Royal Regiment E1D027 Princess Of Wales's Royal Regiment Blue/Yellow/Blue Ribbon £4.00

Cap Badge Backings Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps E1F766 Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps Scarlet Tear-Drop Felt £3.00

Cap Badge Backings Queen's Lancashire Regiment Beret Badge Backing E1N192 Queen's Lancashire Regiment Beret Badge Backing Primrose Diamond Foam £3.00

Cap Badge Backings Queen's Royal Lancers E1N275 Queen's Royal Lancers Red Badge-Shape Felt £3.00

Cap Badge Backings Royal Anglian Regiment E1H018 Royal Anglian Regiment Black Tombstone Felt £3.00

Cap Badge Backings Royal Army Dental Corps Beret Badge Backing E1I118 Royal Army Dental Corps Beret Badge Backing Emerald Green Oval Felt £4.00

Cap Badge Backings Royal Army Medical Corps Beret Badge Backing E1C022 Royal Army Medical Corps Beret Badge Backing Dull Cherry Oval Felt £3.00

Cap Badge Backings Royal Dragoon Guards For Officers & WO's Beret E1O796 Royal Dragoon Guards For Officers & WO's Beret 3cm Maroon Diamond Felt £3.00

Cap Badge Backings Royal Gloucestershire Berkshire & Wiltshire Regiment E1I122 Royal Gloucestershire Berkshire & Wiltshire Regiment Large Red Triangle Felt (Bosnia) £3.00

Cap Badge Backings Royal Gurkha Rifles (57mm Square Worn On Felt Hat) E1I523 Royal Gurkha Rifles (57mm Square Worn On Felt Hat) Hunting Stewart Tartan £4.00

Cap Badge Backings Royal Logistic Corps: 158 (Royal Anglian) Transport E1R729 Royal Logistic Corps: 158 (Royal Anglian) Transport Black Tombstone Felt £3.00

Cap Badge Backings Royal Marines Band And Recruits E1G871 Royal Marines Band And Recruits Red Tombstone Felt £3.00

Cap Badge Backings Royal Regiment Of Wales E1D490 Royal Regiment Of Wales Grass-Green Square Felt £3.00

Cap Badge Backings Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment) - Hunting Stewart E1C546 Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment) - Hunting Stewart 75mm Square Tartan £4.00

Cap Badge Backings Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Badge Backing E1I124 Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Badge Backing Black Badge-Shape Felt £3.00

Cap Badge Backings Royal Scots Fusiliers (Pre-1948 - 75mm Square) E1J975 Royal Scots Fusiliers (Pre-1948 - 75mm Square) Government Tartan 1 Tartan £4.00

Cap Badge Backings Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry E1Q526 Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry Red Tombstone Felt £3.00

Cap Badge Backings Scots Guards Officers Beret Badge Backing E1O381 Scots Guards Officers Beret Badge Backing (2" x 2½") Royal Stuart Tartan Ribbon £4.00

Cap Badge Backings Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-Shire Buffs) (75mm Square E1H878 Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-Shire Buffs) (75mm Square Mackenzie (diagonal) Tartan £4.00

Cap Badge Backings Staffordshire Regiment E1I236 Staffordshire Regiment Final Pattern Hessian £3.00

Cap Badge Backings Tayforth Universities Officers Training Corps E1J995 Tayforth Universities Officers Training Corps Hunting Stewart Tartan £4.00

Cap Badge Backings The Royal Welsh - 1st Pattern E1I121 The Royal Welsh - 1st Pattern Green Rectangle Felt £3.00

Cap Badge Backings Welsh Guards Hat Band - 7.5cm Length E1S203 Welsh Guards Hat Band - 7.5cm Length For Badge Display Woven £4.00

Cap Badge Backings Women's Royal Army Corps - Beech Brown Tear-Drop E1D513 Women's Royal Army Corps - Beech Brown Tear-Drop Hessian-Backed Felt £4.00

Cap Badge Backings Worcestershire & Sherwood Foresters E1G038 Worcestershire & Sherwood Foresters Lincoln Green Felt £3.00

Cap Badge Backings York And Lancaster Regiment E1T058 York And Lancaster Regiment White Square Felt £3.00

Feather Hackles and Horse-hair Plumes

Hackles & Plumes Coldstream Guards Red Cut-Feather Bearskin Plume V1L096 Coldstream Guards Red Cut-Feather Bearskin Plume SNCOs & Band - Large Feather £25.00

Hackles & Plumes Irish Guards Pipers Blue Feather Hackle V1P617 Irish Guards Pipers Blue Feather Hackle Other Ranks Feather £10.00

Hackles & Plumes Lancashire Fusiliers Yellow Horsehair Plume For V1P523 Lancashire Fusiliers Yellow Horsehair Plume For Fusilier Bearskin £20.00

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