Badge, British cavalry

Pair of universal pattern Victorian British Cavalry Trooper's Brass Bit Boss Badge, 1860 - 1901. Matching general issue pattern badges. The cypher "VR" is in the centre, encircled by a belt with the motto "HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE". The Guelphic crown sits above. Two bars on the back of each where they would have been attached.
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Badges like these would have been worn by British cavalry regiments from about 1860s to 1901. Originally they would have been riveted to the side of the horse's bit. They continued being used until 1901 when the bridle pattern changed and they were no longer included. While officers had bit bosses which indicated which regiment they belonged to, these general issue pattern badges were worn by the other ranks. This pair of badges was dug up in the 1970s from a property on Veale Road.
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