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This is the SECOND pattern CAP badge worn by the New Zealand Maori Battalion (Pioneers) as they served their country in WW1

This is a SCARCE "Sand-Cast" example MADE OVERSEAS, while on active service, when supplies from home (Official die-struck badges) could be hard to come-by.

This sand cast cap badge was MOST LIKELY made from melted-down GUNSHELL Brass, as that was the only likely source of badge metal on the front lines, where Engineers likely produced replacement badges for Kiwi ANZACs

The New Zealand Maori Pioneer Battalion had their cap badge design changed no less than THREE times during WW1

The original "OVAL" WW1 NZNC cap badge (also used as collar) was REPLACED soon after it's issue with THIS "Maori Face" New Zealand Maori PIONEER Battalion badge, this 2nd pattern was made with DIFFERENT SIZES for the Cap & Collar insignia

Then in about 1917 ? the Maori Battalion cap badge design was again CHANGED back to this "Oval" badge design only "NZ" to the base of the oval

The Later two designs reflected the status of the Maori Battalion as a PIONEER battalion, Pioneers were more akin to Combat Engineers than Infantry, but the NZ Maori Battalion & Pioneer Battalion served as both during WW1

During WW2 the New Zealand Maori Battalion was the 28th Infantry Battalion which DID NOT enjoy a distinctive badge for their NZ Maori status, they simply wore
the standard 2nd NZEF Expeditionary Force "Onward" cap badge that was worn y ALL NZDF personnel serving overseas during WW2

BEWARE the many REPRODUCTION badges that are now flooding the WWW (Especially in The UK) where the "Maori Face" NZ Maori Pioneer cap badge has been widely re-struck (IE Faked)

More recently the "Oval" design badges have also now attracted the attention of fakers in central Europe


All my badges are unconditionally guaranteed 100% GENUINE for life, that guarantee INCLUDES their cost of postage BOTH ways

The "for life" part ? means that you cannot ask for a refund after you have died :-)
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