Military Badge Collecting by John Gaylor lands on the shelves of my shop.
Leo Cooper, 1983, Hardback in dust wrapper.
3rd (revised) edition, 1st printing, [First Published: 1971] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Drawings;
From the cover: It is an interesting paradox that, in spite of the rundown in strength of the British regular army and the cutbacks in the reserve forces, interest in military traditions has grown apace and many of those who were never called upon to do National Service are now collecting what are probably the most readily-found of militaria regimental cap-badges.
In this, the third edition of his book, John Gaylor, who is the Honorary Secretary of the Military Historical Society, treats every aspect of this fascinating hobby. He tells of the evolution of the present regimental badges from the numbered regiments of foot up until 1881, of the Volunteers, of the Territorials, the Home Guard, military cyclists, Kitcheners Army and many other unusual units. He gives much useful advice on the acquisition, mounting and storing of badges. New appendices deal with the tartans worn by Scottish infantry regiments and a full listing of all the infantry Volunteer battalions in 1908, just before the creation of the new Territorial Force.
With photographs of over 750 badges from 1881 to 1983 this book will continue to be invaluable as a guide and a work of reference to beginner and to experienced collector alike.
Very Good in Poor Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper heavily sunned at the spine, a little rubbed at the edges. Pages lightly age-tanned.
Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 163 pages. Index. 8¾” x 5¾”.
Of course, if you don’t like this one there are plenty more available here!