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Bandsmen's Pouch Badges (Music Cases)

Postby Frogsmile » 17 Mar 2017 12:43

I thought that forum members might be interested to learn a little about bandsmen's pouch badges. It is an area of British Army insignia that is not that well known in the public domain, as any research that there might have been is largely confined within bodies such as the British Military Historical Society.

Bandsmen's pouches are not seen so frequently nowadays and yet were ubiquitous in the high, Victorian era, when bands were much more a part of public life than now, playing as they did in parks and at municipal band stands, and with regimental bands based at each of the County regimental depots.

The pouch was more correctly termed a 'music case' and was designed to carry each bandsman's issued book of military music. It was a cross belt in design and worn diagonally across the chest with the pouch positioned in the centre of the back. It was made of either, 'buff' (sueded) leather that could be whitened (by far the most common), or for rifle regiments, from black patent leather. The so-called 'furniture' that affixed the parts together and enabled size adjustment were made of gilding metal that was highly polished. Another, simpler type of pouch could be worn on the waist-belt and did not have a badge.

In the centre of the pouch was placed a unit badge. There was no centrally decreed regulation for these badges and units generally chose their own badge and paid for it using regimental resources. This could range from finely made badges commissioned from makers in Birmingham, London and Edinburgh, or sometimes more crude, 'sand-cast' badges, in places like India and Egypt. For regiments where 1st and 2nd Battalions had different origins pre-Cardwell Reforms, it was not unusual for designs to differ. Designs also varied over the years and it became common during the later era (Victorian/Edwardian - when regimental facing colours were often reinstated) for pieces of coloured, wool felt in the regiments facing colour (or scarlet if Royal), to be placed behind the badge.

Foot and Horse Guard bands do not seem to have used these pouches, but line cavalry did.
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Re: Bandsmen's Pouch Badges (Music Cases)

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The Dorset Regiment Band Pouch Badges
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Re: Bandsmen's Pouch Badges (Music Cases)

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The Devonshire Regiment Band Pouch Badges
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Re: Bandsmen's Pouch Badges (Music Cases)

Postby Frogsmile » 17 Mar 2017 13:23

The Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Hampshire Regiment Band Pouch Badges
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Re: Bandsmen's Pouch Badges (Music Cases)

Postby Frogsmile » 17 Mar 2017 13:31

The King's Own Lancaster, Royal Warwickshire and 2nd Highland Light Infantry (late 74th) Regimental Band Pouch Badges
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Re: Bandsmen's Pouch Badges (Music Cases)

Postby Frogsmile » 17 Mar 2017 13:44

The West Yorks (Tiger), Worcestershire (star), Royal Irish Fusiliers (eagle) and Royal Marines Regimental Band Pouch Badges
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The South Staffordshire Regiment Band Pouch Badges
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Re: Bandsmen's Pouch Badges (Music Cases)

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The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment Band Pouch Badge
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