Lawrance Ordnance

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Lawrance Ordnance Pty Ltd

Australian Badges

Pre-Federation and Boer War Badges

The following brass badges are high quality die struck reproductions. In all details, apart from the markings distinguishing them as reproduction, they are almost indistinguishable from originals.

General Service Badges (First and Second World War)

The Australian general service hat and collar badge were introduced in 1904. Designed by Gaunt of London, who redesigned the earlier Australian Commonwealth Horse badge, these badges were worn by Australian military corps and regiments who did not have a distinctive badge. They were worn by the majority of units (the Australian Siege Artillery wore the Artillery Corps badge during the First World War) of the Australian Imperial Force during both the First and Second World Wars. During war the badges were blackened (oxidised) to reduce shine. These badges were replaced in 1948, the new badge dropping the word 'commonwealth' from the scroll.

The following brass badges are high quality die struck reproductions. In all details, apart from the markings distinguishing them as reproduction, they are almost indistinguishable from originals.

Australian Imperial Force Badge

The Australian Imperial Force wore the general service badges on their hats and jackets. Although the badge with 'Australian Imperial Force' scroll is seen on period paperwork, it seems highly unlikely that they were ever made as a badge. Examples that may be encountered were more likely a 'sweetheart' badge rather than one that was worn by the military.

We have received many requests for this badge to be made and have relented. These badges are die struck in brass. They are made to the same high quality as our general service badges. The badge is offered in either an attractive antiqued brass finish or blackened.

Colour Patches

Introduced in 1915, the colour patch was worn below the epaulette on both shoulders. Developed from a system of coloured flags, the colour patch identified an individuals unit. These colour patches are made of sewn felt in the colours and sizes of the originals.