1897 Sterling Silver South Wales Borderers Officers Cap Badge


A very rare, fine quality Sterling Silver Officer’s cap badge that is hallmarked in the year before the badge was officially introduced.
The silver (925) badge has the Birmingham Assay marks, with the year stamp 1897 on the lower front right. The regiment received its new badge in 1898. It has the standard circular shape, made up of a wreath of laurel leaves and flowers with a central Egyptian Sphinx with the title EGYPT above the regiment’s initials S W B. On the reverse the badge has 2 horizontal copper suspension loops. Condition is as new, with just some age toning to the silver. Rare piece of SWB history.
The South Wales Borderers was a line infantry regiment of the British Army, raised in England in 1689, as Sir Edward Dering's Regiment of Foot, and afterwards had a variety of names and headquarters. In 1782, it became the 24th Regiment of Foot, and had its depot in Warwickshire. It was based at Brecon from 1873 and the regiment recruited from the border counties of Brecknockshire, Monmouthshire, and Herefordshire. It was not called the South Wales Borderers until the Childers Reforms of 1881. The regiment served in a great many conflicts, including the American War of Independence, various conflicts in India, most famously in the Zulu War, Second Boer War, and World War I and World War II. In 1969 the regiment was amalgamated with the Welch Regiment to form the Royal Regiment of Wales.
Size: 3.8 x 3.8 cm (1 ½ x 1 ½ inches)
Weight: 13 g