military badges en related items

MILITARY INSIGNIA ATTRIBUTED TO MAJOR ARCHIBALD ALEXANDER GORDON

THE ROYAL COMPANY OF ARCHERS 

YEAR CREATED
1676

SERVICE TIME
VICTORIAN (1896)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
SCOTLAND

CURRENT STATUS
ACTIVE

CAP BADGE

SASH BADGE

CROSS BELT BUCKLE

TheRoyal Company of Archer's cap badge consists of an oval belt where a Saltire (or st. Andrews cross is placed upon with in the middle the royal crown crossed with two arrows. On the bottom of the belt, a medallion is placed with the Scottish thistle surrounded by the slogan Nemo me Impune Lacessit, which was the Latin motto of the Royal Stuart dynasty of Scotland from the reign of James VI. On the belt, the name of the company is placed in a round circle: "Royal Compy of Archers.


The badge is not from Major Gordon's personal collection and was bought by the society as a genuine example.


TheRoyal Company of Archer's sash badge was placed on the lower end of the sash which all members whore. The badge, having a ceremonial purpose is made in the style of a British order and has a small resemblance with the order of the thistle the badge is placed on a Saltire and a star. In the middle, we find a thistle with the motto Nemo me Impune Lacessit in a green enamelled circle which contains threated circles. On the star, the words Kings Body Guard of Scotland are placed with a crown on the top. Today the company is renamed to the Queen's bodyguard of Scotland. The badge holds a structural backplate on the back.


The sash badge is not from Major Gordon's personal collection and was bought by the society as a genuine example from the era he served the regiment.


The Victorian cross belt plate of the Royal Company of Archers holds the motto "in Peace and War". The motto is placed on a Scottish belt. The badge has the Queen's crown of Queen Victoria on the top and has two crossed arrows with a ribbon in the middle. On the back the badge is attached with three loops onto the cross belt.


The cross belt comes not from the personal collection of Major Gordon, but was bought by the society as a genuine and exact example that Major Gordon got during his service in the Company.



THE 9TH BATTALION (HIGHLANDERS) THE ROYAL SCOTS

YEAR CREATED
1900

SERVICE TIME
(1900 -1906)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
SCOTLAND

CURRENT STATUS
DISBANDED

CAP BADGE

SHOULDERTITLE
FIRST PATERN - OFFICER

LABEL BADGE
SILVER - OFFICER

BUCKLE PLATE

A very rare officer 9th Volunteer Highlanders Royal Scots shoulder title as worn by officers of the battalion from 1900 till 1908 when the battalion was transferred to the territorial force.


Major Gordon was one of the founders of the battalion and was appointed the first Captain of the battalion on 6 August 1900. He was appointed in May 1905 and became Brigade-Major a month later. He served the battalion until 1906 when he was appointed Secretary of the Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley.


There is no doubt that Major Gordon had similar shoulder titles on his uniform while serving the battalion. The title was bought from an esteemed badge collector and dealer.

A Silver  Label badge of the 9th Royal Scots by the famous Scottish silversmith Henry Tatton. Tatton had his silver shop in Rose Street, Edinburgh from 1909 till 1938. The badge is made in 1916 according to the date letter. The badge measures 2,5 cm in diameter.

A very rare 9th Volunteer Highlanders Royal Scots officers belt plate as worn by Then Captain and later Major Gordon. The belt plate has the makers stamp of Stewart & Sons, 88 George Street, Edinburgh. It has the silvered and gilded die cast fittings. The same belt plate can be seen on Major Gordon's cross belt in his 9th Volunteer Highland Battalion Royal Scots uniform. 

TROPHY MEDAL
SILVER

TROPHY MEDAL
PLATED

Soon after the foundation of the battalion, many trophies and cups were introduced. One of these cups was called the Captain A. A. Gordon Cup, later Major A. A. Gordon Cup. This cup was for the best volunteer in A-Company under command of Captain A. A. Gordon. 


The medals are all silver marked and bear the officers badge on the front. The medal is unnamed and has a plain backside. The date stempel shows the year 1908.

BELGIAN ARMY

YEAR CREATED
ca. 1835

SERVICE TIME
(1914 -1918)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
BELGIUM

CURRENT STATUS
ACTIVE

MAJOR GORDON PERSONAL ROYAL BELGIUM BRASSARD
MOSTLIKEY WORN DURING THE SIEGE OF ANTWERP

MAJOR GORDON PERSONAL ROYAL BELGIUM BRASSARD
BELIEVED TO BE FOR FORMAL OCCASSIONS

The brassards where framed in an old frame, wich had the following note on the back:


"My Royal .... Brassards as used by me, as Belgian King's Messenger, from .... 1914, unit late in .... during all the Escorts ... (?). I was appointed above, after taking part of the siege of Antwerp, in ... (?) with the staff of the Royal Naval Division"

1925


A.A. GORDON

OTHERS

Major Gordon co-founded the Queen's Victoria School in Dunblane and was decorated with the knighthood order Royal Victorian Order 4th Class for it. The School regiment in 1908. Although the badge is only for those who are educated in the school (and Major is none) it is a nice piece to add to the collection in memory of Major Gordon.

AAGORDON.BE

HONOURABLE PARTNERS

THE MAJOR A. A. GORDON SOCIETY, founded in 2019, is the worlds prominent international non-profit educational society for preserving the historic legacy of Major A. A. Gordon.



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