|Hugh King’s militaria collection consisted of a large number of military badges.
|'Head-dress Badges of the British Army by Hugh King and Arthur Kipling'
Hugh King (1921-2006) was a “world-renowned militaria collector” and author.
He volunteered for the Royal Air Force, quickly ascending to the rank of Corporal. He served in Canada for several years.
King later worked as a hairdresser for retired Officers and began collecting badges around this time.
He was universally known for his badge collection. In 1978, he co-authored Head-dress Badges of the British Army with Arthur Kipling, the ‘bible’ for badge collectors.
|'BM70 6th Keith V.B. Gordon Hldrs. cap badge'
King collected military badges for over 50 years. The collection, the largest in the world, contained several notable badges, detailed below:
- 91st (Princess Louise’s Argyllshire) Highlanders Officer’s shako plate, circa 1872-81: described as “an extremely fine and rare example in copper gilt and silver, a Thistle pattern star with raised central strap”, with an estimated value of £500 - £600.
- 21st (Royal North British Fusiliers) Regiment Officer’s glengarry badge, circa 1874-77: It is described as “a superb example in copper gilt and silver”. It has an estimated value of £700 - £900.
- BM70 6th Keith V.B. Gordon Hldrs. cap badge: It is described as a “super example of this very rare badge” with a value of £325.
- BM69 5th V.B. Argyll & Sutherland Hldrs. glengarry badge: It is described as “a rare genuine example circa 1887-1908” and “the real deal”, and has a value of £325.
Main article: list of notable militaria collectors
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