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New Zealand Volunteers badges Page 1

NZ Vols Badge & Button As with most other Colonies and or Dominions the early military badges of NZ were close or exact copies of British badges.

The 4 star Southern Cross made an early appearance and remains to this day as a symbol of NZ. The bugle horn badge was often used by the Volunteer units.

NZ Volunteers Bugle Horn Brass Cap Badge
  • British Army Artillery helmet plate 1846-1855.
  • New Zealand Volunteers 1895 to 1911 bugle horn brass cap badge. Measures 42mm high.
New Zealand Volunteers Pouch Badge WM Horn Badge

Victorian period volunteer officers pouch badge

  • Colonial Volunteer Militia Pouch badge from 1889. This is a White Metal type.

  • Victorian period volunteer officers pouch badge.  
New Zealand Volunteers 1895 to 1911 bugle horn brass nice matched pair of brass collar badges. Measure 30mm high. In excellent condition with original lugs.



Brass Collar badges of the NZ Volunteer period, variation

  • NZ Volunteers bugle horn collar badges in Bullion.
The silver fern design was one of the first used in NZ, apart from the copies of British badges. It has gone through many different versions but is still a potent image.
N.Z. Volunteers 1895 Helmet Plate
General Service Helmet Plate 1882 General Service Helmet Plate 1895 General Service Helmet Plate 1901 Image: Shaun Aumua


Helmet plate NZ Rifle Volunteers NZ Volunteers shako badge NZ Volunteers pouch badge 1889
NZ Volunteers Shoulder-belt plate NZ Rifle Volunteers Glengarry badge (voided) NZ Rifle Volunteers Glengarry badge (solid) version 2
NZ Volunteer - Pouch Badge

NZ Rifle Volunteers Glengarry badge (voided) in whitemetal

NZ Volunteers pouch badge. VR cypher surmounted by a Queen Victoria's (St Edward's) Crown.

NZ Volunteers Glengarry plain fern badge and a matching set of collar badges. 1895. 1st North Canterbury Mounted Rifles collar dogs NZ Volunteers Glengarry "NZ" fern badge and a matching set of collar badges.

New Zealand Cavalry & Mounted Rifles helmet plates & Glengarry badges

1st Regt NZ Cavalry Volunteers helmet plate Alexandra Cavalry Regiment helmet plate 1887 Ashburton Mounted Rifle Volunteers helmet plate

H/plate, East Coast Hussars

H/plate & collar dogs 2nd North Canterbury Mounted Rifles

H/plate 2nd Regt Otago MR Volunteers (base scrolls for Mataura, Kelso, Southland & Wallace)
H/plate South Franklin Mounted Infantry H/plate Canterbury Mounted Rifles helmet plate Taranaki Mounted Rifles h/plate


Te Awamutu Cavalry Volunteers helmet plate Heretaunga Mtd Rifles 1st pattern Glengarry badge G/garry badge King's Colonials (later King Edward's Horse) 
SCARCE Manawatu Mounted Rifles QVC Badge

NZ Artillary Volunteers 1880s - Busby Badge

Manawatu Mounted Rifles Glengarry badge

NZ Artillery Volunteers 1880, Busby badge


SCARCE Auckland College Rifles Brass Collar Badge

Piako Mounted Rifles Glengarry badge Auckland College Rifle Volunteers Collar dogs. Rangitikei Cavalry Volunteers Glengarry badge

Auckland College Rifles hat badge 
East Coast Mounted Rifles  pouch badge Collar badges Cust Mounted Rifles Otago Hussars shoulder-belt plate

Southland Hussars shoulder-belt plate Ahuriri Mounted Rifles bridle boss Canterbury Yeomanry Cavalry bridle boss
Heretaunga Mounted Infantry bridle boss Marlborough Mounted Rifles bridle boss NZ bridle boss
Bridle boss. Available for the reign of Victoria (VR), Edward VII (EVIIR) and George V (GVR) Helmet plate, Victoria Company Auckland Rifle Volunteers Victoria Rifle Volunteers (1st Battalion Auckland Infantry) helmet plate

NZ East Coast Hussars

1st North Canterbury Battalion 1903-1991 Helmet Plate. This helmet plate is 114mm high. It is brass with a white metal crane attached to the centre. The 1st North Canterbury Battalion became the 1st Canterbury Regiment in 1911, and the design of the 1st Canterbury Regiment badge is drawn from this earlier design.
  • This information is provided as a guide only. No commercial decision should be based on it.

  • Some details from Badges & Insignia of the New Zealand Army by Geoffrey P Oldham. I recommend any collector uses his publication ISBN 0-473-04378-5

  • I do not buy, sell, trade or provide valuations. Any advice I gave may be commercially worthless.


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