Split Pin / Cotter Pin Non-Specific Sizes Brass
Button R-Grip To Attach Button To Jacket Metal
Button Ring To Attach Button To Jacket 12mm Diameter Metal
Back-Plate For Collar Badge Or Shoulder Title Random Smaller Size Brass
Clutch / Butterfly Grip For Spike-Fit Badge Pin Shoulder Titles Etc. Brass
Back-Plate Washer Disc For Removable Uniform Button Small Metal
Rounded Nut To Attach Screw-Fit Police Collar Number Non-Specific Sizes...
Subscription: 1 Supplementary List Or Reply To Wants Within The UK...
Ulster Defence Regiment 19.5mm - Gold Colour Anodised Aluminium QC....
6th Queen Elizabeth's Own Gurkha Rifles 19mm - Black Plastic QC....
Royal Engineers 19.5mm - Gold Colour Anodised Aluminium QC. Staybrite...
Parachute Regiment 19mm - Gold Colour Anodised Aluminium QC. Staybrite...
RAF Regiment Flight Sergeant Rank Slide Black On DPM Camo Embroidered...
Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service Locket-Type Buckle Gilt...
Royal Court: Postilion To Her Majesty Queen Victoria 16mm Gilt QVC....
Angus Area Fire Brigade (Scotland) 24mm - 1948-1975 Chrome-plated Fire...
83rd (County Of Dublin) Regiment Of Foot 25.5mm - 1855-1881 Gilt QVC....
81st (Loyal Lincoln Volunteers) Regiment Of Foot 18.5mm- 1855-1881 Brass...
80th (Staffordshire Volunteers) Regiment Of Foot 19mm - 1855-1881 Gilt...
71st (Highland) (Light Infantry) 19mm - 1855-1881 Gilt QVC. Military...
To place an order, simply find the item on our website and click the 'add the cart button'. Once they are in your cart, you can adjust quantities as necessary and go through the online check-out. To view your shopping cart, and pay for the items, click the link at the top-right of any page and go through the check-out process.
Postal / shipping costs are automatically calculated as part of the online ordering process. You will need to enter your address details so that shipping costs are calculated for the correct country. You can use the checkout system to view the postage cost without committing yourself to buy the items.
There is an option at the check-out of paying by cheque if you do not wish to pay electronically. If you order online and choose the 'pay by cheque' option, items are automatically reserved for 7 days in order to allow time for your cheque to arrive. Please note that we only accept cheques that are drawn in Pounds Sterling from UK-based banks.
The Militaria business is carried out in our limited spare time - we choose not to give out our phone number in order to manage our time more effectively. Our other work can be at irregular times of the day and week so we cannot guarantee to be here to answer calls. Please order online via our website - there is a 'pay by cheque' option if you do not wish to pay electronically via PayPal or by credit / debit card.
Postal / shipping costs are automatically calculated as part of the online ordering process. You can use the checkout system to view the postage cost without committing yourself to buy the items.
You will need to enter your address details so that shipping costs are calculated for the correct country.
Delivery costs depend on the size, weight and value of the parcel, also the destination and speed of transit.
We buy and sell world-wide including Australia, Canada and the United States of America.
This business is based in the UK, so all prices on our lists are in British Pounds Sterling (GBP).
Due to rising bank charges, we no longer accept payment in other currencies.
We welcome overseas orders with payment via Credit Card, Debit Card or PayPal - when you place an online order, the currency conversion will be done as part of the transaction so that you pay in your own currency. This is a common routine process.
Exchange rates fluctuate daily and the exchange rate used by card companies or PayPal at the time of the transaction will apply. To give you an approximate idea of cost, we suggest that you look at an online currency conversion calculator such as www.xe.com
If you do not wish to send an electronic payment, you may select 'payment by cheque' - the total cost of your order will be calculated as part of the order process, but please note that the cheque must be in British Pounds using a bank based in the UK.
We accept credit cards, debit cards and PayPal. UK cheques and postal orders are also acceptable.
Due to high banking costs, we no longer accept overseas cheques. We do not accept payments via Western Union because there is no Western Union Agent near to us.
We welcome overseas orders with payment via Credit Card, Debit Card or PayPal - when you place an online order, the currency conversion will be done as part of the transaction so that you pay in your own currency. This is a common routine process.
To place an order: simply add items to your shopping cart, once they are in your cart, you can adjust quantities as necessary and go through the online check-out.
Postal / shipping costs are automatically calculated as part of the online ordering process. You can use the checkout system to view the postage / shipping cost without committing yourself to buying the items. You will need to enter the delivery address so that shipping costs are calculated for the correct country.
There is an option at the check-out of paying by UK cheque if you do not wish to pay electronically. If you choose this option during the checkout process, your order is automatically reserved for 7 days to give you time to post a cheque to us.
To view your shopping cart, click the link at the top-right of any page.
Postage delays due to Coronavirus.
This is a family business and is run from our home – a former farm in the lake-lands of Shropshire. We wish to remain free from Coronavirus. We will therefore be staying at home for the foreseeable future and relying on friends to deliver food and take our mail to the Post Office.
It is a 3-mile round trip to our nearest Post Office: as we are relying on the goodwill of friends to take our mail, and to minimise their exposure to Coronavirus, we will only despatch orders 1 or 2 days each week.
UK Orders. Depending on insurance value, mail is sent by ordinary Royal Mail, Signed-For, or Special Delivery. As a Coronavirus precaution, Royal Mail no longer requires signatures on delivery, but we still use these services so that packets are fully insured in transit.
Overseas Orders. Depending on insurance value, mail is despatched by Royal Mail Air Mail, International Signed-For, or Airsure. Delivery time-scales are shown on the Royal Mail website.
We use UK Royal Mail for almost all of our deliveries. If it is more cost-effective, we sometimes use a cheaper courier for large items such as a quantity of military hats.
In all cases, we retain 'proof of posting' documents and ensure that postal compensation arrangements are adequate to cover the value of the goods that we send.
Please be patient - this is a small family business which is run in our spare time. Occasionally we have holidays and catch-up with orders when we get home.
We only track packets worth more than £20 for the following reasons:
Sorry - we do not have a shop and you may not collect in person. Our busy lives mean that we cannot wait here for you to collect from us. The badge business is conducted in our limited spare time, and mail-order is the only way that we can run the business effectively and have a family life.
We despatch orders most days, and will try our best to help if you pay promptly and tell us that you need an item urgently for an event such as a film production, wedding, funeral or important parade. There is space on our online order form for additional comments.
If we have to make an additional journey to the Post Office just for your order, we may impose a £10 surcharge to cover our time and fuel costs.
Orders over £50 in value are automatically sent by 'Special Delivery' or 'Signed-For' Airmail. This is due to insurance in case of loss, but these mail services also offer priority delivery. Please note that they will need someone present at the receiving end to sign for the packet. You may request 'Special Delivery' or 'Signed-For' Airmail for packets worth less than £50 if you wish, provided that you cover the additional postage cost. Please see the Royal Mail website for more about these priority services.
We have been in business since 1990 - ask other people who have dealt with us - look at our FaceBook page. Add your own comments to help other collectors.
Items on our catalogue sell faster than we can update our catalogues, and customers sometimes try to order items that have already been sold. If they have sent a cheque, this will often mean they have paid too much.
Whilst personal banking in the UK is usually free of charge, because we run a business, our bank charges us business rates on our bank account. We pay a fee every time we pay money in or out of our account. This means that it costs us money to send you a refund cheque.
We prefer that customers pay using Limited-Value Cheques. A Limited-Value Cheque is one that you sign and date, but instead of writing the exact value of the cheque, write “Not More Than £_____ only”
For example, if you work out that your order and postage comes to £25, write across your cheque “Not more than £25 only”.
If an item you want has been sold before we receive your order, we will complete your cheque for a lower amount. If the cheque is lost or stolen in the post, no-one can complete it for a higher amount than you specified.
Please see the example below:
This method of payment is a simple, effective way of reducing banking costs. It DOES work - our customers and their banks (UK and overseas) have been happily using this method since we started business in 1990.
To give you confidence in buying by mail order, everything we send is 'on approval' - if the item you receive is not what you want, simply send it back well-packaged, within 14 days of receipt. We only sell items that we believe are original and in good condition, and we ask that you pay postage costs both ways so that we are not out of pocket. Despite you paying the postage, mail order is still a lot cheaper than driving to a militaria fair, auction or shop in town.
Refunds. If you originally paid via PayPal, we will send you a refund via PayPal. If you paid by credit / debit card, we will refund the card that you originally used.
If you order online and choose the 'pay by cheque' option, items are automatically reserved for 7 days in order to allow time for your cheque to arrive. Please note that we only accept cheques that are drawn in Pounds Sterling from UK-based banks.
Otherwise, we do not reserve items or 'put them aside'. We are simply too busy to keep track of individual requests and experience has shown this to be an unsound business practice. Many items are stocked as single quantities, so the fairest way with orders is first-come, first-served.
Voucher Codes are part of the checkout page of our online shopping cart package. We only issue Voucher Codes if you are in credit with us - otherwise please leave the Voucher Code box blank.
If you inadvertently click the 'OK' box by the Voucher Code, you might get an error message saying 'You must enter a voucher code.'
If this happens, ignore the error message, do not click 'OK' - scroll further down the page and click the 'Proceed to Checkout' button.
Ian G Kelly (Militaria)
P.O. Box 66
Sorry - we do not have a shop and you may not view or collect in person. Our busy lives mean that we cannot wait here for you to collect from us. The badge business is conducted in our limited spare time, and mail-order is the only way that we can run the business effectively and have a family life.
Despite you paying the postage, mail order is still a lot cheaper than driving to a militaria fair, auction or shop in town.
The Militaria business is carried out in our limited spare time - we choose not to give out our phone number in order to manage our time more effectively. Our other work can be at irregular times of the day and week so we cannot guarantee to be here to answer calls.
If you wish to order, simply add items to your shopping cart, adjust quantities as necessary and follow the check-out process in order to pay. If you want to see your shopping cart, click on the icon on the top-right of any page.
Please see our purchasing policy.
You may assume that items we sell are in genuine originals, in good 'collectable' condition unless otherwise stated in our catalogue. Our criteria for inclusion is 'Would I have this in my personal collection?' If the answer is 'no', then we do not offer it for sale. Some items are unused, but the majority have 'seen service'.
Unless otherwise stated, you may assume that the fastenings of cap and collar badges (such as sliders or lugs (loops)) are intact, however split pins (cotter pins), back-plates and clutch grips are not included, but are usually available separately.
If any item we send you does not meet your standards, then we are happy to take it back. Please see our returns policy.
If you cursor over the picture of an item on our website, the word 'More' will appear below. Click the word 'More' and you will be able to see how many of that item are in stock.
Sometimes we might have more than one of an item, but they do not exactly match. We are not manufacturers, but deal in original items for collectors and in the nature of authenticity, variations do exist - this could be because the government has placed supply-contracts with different manufacturers over the years, or because of how the original wearer polished or washed the insignia.
There is a 'comments' box at the bottom of the Order Form so that you can specify things such as minimum quantity, such as 'Only process my order if you have at least 4 matching buttons'.
Rather than ask how many of an item we have, it is better that you state how many you need.
If you send a message to ask about items of stock, please bear in mind that in the delay between you sending the message and me replying to your question, the quantity may have changed and the item(s) may have been sold
We deal in collectable genuine insignia, and in the nature of the hobby, some items are scarce and patience is required. We are not manufacturers, tailors or outfitters. We deal in original items for collectors, and cannot predict what we may get as future stock, or when we might get it.
In the ‘chance’ nature of dealing in collectable original items, many items are one-of-a-kind or stocked as single quantities. We cannot ‘buy to order’ or predict future stock: we might not obtain any for years, or might buy 20 next week.
The badge business is run in our spare time, and the amount of time and effort required for us to search for specific items is not usually cost-effective. In the case of one-off items, my advice is to buy whatever you can, whenever you can, as it may be a long time before you get another opportunity.
We specialise in insignia for collectors and are not tailors or outfitters. Due to established practice and customer preference, our stock is sold without fastenings such as back-plates, clutch-grips, split pins (cotter pins) or shoulder shanks for screw-fit buttons, however these are (usually) available separately.
Please bear in mind that many badges (such as cap badges with vertical 'slider' fittings) do not require these fastenings, and for many older badges, fittings such as a matching back-plate simply do not exist. With the exception of screw-fit buttons, uniform buttons are normally sewn onto uniforms with a needle and thread and do not usually need special fastenings.
Nearly all items are sold as single items, including collar badges, shoulder titles and rank badges. We are not tailors or outfitters. Our main business is with insignia for collectors, and collectors tend only to want single examples. The other factor is that we might only have a single example, particularly of older rarer items.
Sometimes we might have more than one of an item, but they do not exactly match - this could be because the government has placed supply-contracts with different manufacturers over the years, or because of how the original wearer polished or washed the insignia. We are not manufacturers, but deal in original items for collectors and in the nature of authenticity, variations do exist.
If any items are sold as pairs, they will be clearly marked "(Pair)". Where there is potential for confusion, some items are also marked as '(Single)'.
Sometimes we list items as "Pair Available", this means that we have a matching set in stock, but the price will be based on single items. In other words you need to order 2 if you want a pair.
If in doubt, assume that the price is based on single quantities. We sell items as collectibles, and collectors tend to want only one of a kind, not duplicates.
Some military collar and arm badges are made as "mirror-image" pairs: typically these are badges with animals and they are made to face left or right; usually so that they face forwards when worn on a uniform. We usually sell these as single items and use the following abbreviations:
FL Facing Left (as seen by an observer)
FR Facing Right (as seen by an observer)
If a badge is marked FL or FR, it is undoubtedly a single, not a pair.
Try using the search box at the top of each web page. Try typing the name of the unit in full instead of using an abbreviation.
We will try to help where possible, but this will have to wait until we have spare time.
We do not reserve items, so the effect of this delay is that the item may be sold to someone else before we have time to scan it. The easiest way to see what an item looks like is to order it - you may send it back if it is not what you wanted.
If you still want more pictures, please quote our stock number for the item and tell us why you want the pictures.
We are not manufacturers, tailors, hatters or outfitters. This is an online antiques and collectables shop – we sell original items for collectors – these date from Victorian times to the present day.
If you are asking questions about specific items of stock, please include our 6-figure stock reference code for the item in question. This is a combination of letters and numbers - it is shown on our website for each item and and is the first 6-figures on the relevant line of our hard-copy catalogues.
Also see our answers to questions about :
Please tell us the size that you want, rather than asking what we have in stock. There is no point in us listing hat sizes that you don't want.
We are not hatters, milliners, tailors or military outfitters, but sell collectable used hats, caps, helmets and berets. Unless customers specify sizes, we assume that hat size is not important to them and they are collectors who would not necessarily want to wear items in their collection. Our hats are in good condition, but are generally not new. Many are one-off items and we cannot guarantee to have specific sizes.
We prefer that you do not specify hat size when ordering. Most hats are stocked as single quantities and it is very time-consuming for us to check hats for size. Orders for hats of specific sizes will be put to the bottom of the order-pile for us to deal with when we have more time.
If you need hats of specific sizes, please use metric sizes when ordering - this is because traditional British hat measurements look similar to US hat sizes, but are actually different sizes. Modern British hats use metric sizes - this is the circumference of the head in centimetres and can be measured using a cloth tape measure. The following size chart may help.
|UK/Aus||6 3/8||6 1/2||6 5/8||6 3/4||6 7/8||7||7 1/8||7 1/4||7 3/8||7 1/2||7 5/8||7 3/4||7 7/8|
|US||6 1/2||6 5/8||6 3/4||6 7/8||7||7 1/8||7 1/4||7 3/8||7 1/2||7 5/8||7 3/4||7 7/8||8|
Please tell us the size that you want, rather than asking what we have in stock.
Our buttons are sold for collectors: we are not tailors or military outfitters. The uniform buttons that we sell are mainly official-issue buttons, rather than the special blazer buttons favoured by some Regiments and Corps.
Blazers are not usually governed by military Dress Regulations, so the style and number of buttons is a matter of personal choice and fashion. This can sometimes mean that several different types of blazer button exist for the same unit.
Many people do wear official-issue uniform buttons on blazers, but please be aware that there is sometimes a difference. Where we do stock special non-issue blazer buttons they will be clearly marked as blazer buttons, and are often more expensive than issue-pattern buttons.
Whilst we may have some buttons in large quantities, many are held as single items. Even the same size and type of button can vary due to age, polishing or manufacturing variations. This could be important if you require matching buttons for a blazer. If you specifically want matching buttons "all or nothing", please make this clear on your order form.
We are sometimes asked simply for a 'set of buttons', without a clue as to the size or quantity required. Please note that the number of buttons in a 'set' will vary between different types of jacket. For example, a double-breasted blazer (boating jacket) will have more buttons that a single-breasted blazer. Please tell us the diameters (in millimetres) and how many buttons you need, rather than expecting us to know the details of the jacket that you have in your possession.
If you wish to sew official-issue uniform buttons onto a blazer, and the blazer has already been made, it is worth checking the size of the buttonholes to make sure that the buttons will fit before ordering. The diameter of our buttons is shown on our website, rounded to the nearest half-millimetre.
If you are trying to replace missing buttons on a jacket, please tell us the diameters (in millimetres) and include clear pictures of the fronts and backs of the buttons that you wish to match. The backs of buttons often show a 'backmark' with the name of the original manufacturer.
Unless they are made and bought at the same time, it can be very difficult to match buttons exactly, so it is worth buying a spare of each size if you have the opportunity.
There is a 'comments' box at the bottom of the Order Form so that you can specify things such as minimum quantity, 'all or nothing' or 'only process my order if you have at least 4 matching buttons'.
We do not deal in medals. These are outside our specialist field. We deal in badges, patches and buttons.
Collectors sometimes make long lists of items that they are searching for, called 'Wants Lists', and circulate these lists around several dealers.
We will happily look at Wants Lists - but tend not to reply to Wants Lists unless the item is in stock, and we only retain lists sent by paid-up subscribers to our postal lists.
We give priority to dealing with orders that are submitted using our stock codes, and urge you to look at our catalogues as these show the majority of the items we have in stock.
Collecting is about hunting and the excitement when you eventually track-down a rare item. These pleasures do not come through asking someone else to do the searching for you.
From our point of view, it can take a long time to deal with 'Wants Lists'. Our time is limited and it is usually faster to look at our catalogues instead of sending Wants Lists.
Please be specific about what you want - remember that we do not deal in medals, bulky equipment or complete uniforms - just insignia. Please be specific - do you want cap badges, collar badges, buttons, etc.?
Please see our Help for Beginners page.
You also need to know your relative's unit, approximate dates of service and whether or not he or she was an Officer.
If you don't know exactly what you want, then ask us, but please keep your questions short and simple so that we can give 'yes or no' answers - we have other commitments apart from badge dealing and do not have time to read entire family histories. We are quite happy to answer 'yes or no' questions such as -
'My father served as a Sergeant in the Welsh Guards in WW2, I want to buy a cap badge of the type he may have worn. I found the following on your online catalogue - is it a WW2 pattern badge?'
With that style of question, we can quickly and easily reply.
The book Army Records for Family Historians may also be useful.
We specialize in authentic British and Commonwealth Military and Police insignia. We do not deal in knives, guns or German NAZI items and cannot recommend anyone who does.
Try using the electronic search box at the top of our web pages, simply type a few words describing what you are looking for in the entry box, then click [Search]. The more words you type in the box, the more matches you get.
Capitalization doesn't matter. The ranked results will come from a total match on the words and phrases which you supply, so try to think of several specific terms for your topic and spell them correctly using British-English spellings. It's worth trying a few variations on the theme - as examples, try -
To narrow your search, enter searches for the names of units such as 'Royal Marines' rather than generic headings such as 'Marine Insignia'. Please make sure that you are using British-English spelling and the same abbreviations as we use.
If you still have no success and are looking for British and Commonwealth military and police insignia post-1881 you are in the right place - please try again in a couple of weeks - we have over 10,000 different items for sale and our stock is changing all the time.
If you are still having no success, then ask us, but keep your questions short and simple so that we can give 'yes or no' type answers. We have other commitments apart from badge dealing and our time is limited. Click here to send an E-mail message to us. We will be more sympathetic if you say that you have tried our online catalogues with no success.
Sorry - we run a small business in our limited spare time and simply do not have time to deal with lots of requests for information. We have made a Beginners' Guide page which is a good starting point to help you in your research.
If asking other people for help to identify insignia, it is useful to show:
For old British & Commonwealth badges, try the combined brain-power of the British and Commonwealth Military Badge Forum - they routinely deal with this type of question.
For identification of buttons, try the British Button Society - they operate a button identification service.
To date buttons, if they have a maker's name and address on the back, you can look this up on the following website - https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/pages/button-makers.html
Please see our Beginners Guide page - as well as a section on buttons, this has helpful advice regarding identification using the materials and colours used, also using the design including dating the badge or button using the shape of the crown.
For identification of military cloth patches, try The Military Heraldry Society
For identification of badges, photographs and non-British items including weapons and equipment, try the Gentleman's Military Interest Club .
The book Army Records for Family Historians may also be useful.
Sorry, no - we run a small business in our limited spare time and simply do not have time to deal with lots of requests for information
Yes - please see - Dictionary and Beginners Guide
We do not do valuations or appraisals. We cannot tell from an internet image whether an item is genuine or not.
Beware of confusing rarity and value.
You should also note that the 'selling price' will probably be different to the 'replacement value'. If you are valuing for insurance purposes, then you need to know the replacement value.
If you are valuing an item with the intention of selling it, chances are that it would be sold to a dealer or via an auctioneer. In each case, they would want to make a profit, and would not pay you the full 'replacement value'.
Dealers often buy from auction houses, so there would then be two profit margins to account-for (the auctioneer's and the dealer's), and it is therefore often cheaper to sell direct to a specialist dealer.
If you want to know the replacement value, look on our online catalogue. If it is not there, then we are sorry: we cannot help.
If you wish to sell items to Ian Kelly (Militaria), then please see the Purchasing policy on our website.
Factors that affect the value of insignia are:
Try our Recommended Books page. This includes details of the main books that we use.
See Roots Web - www.RootsWeb.com
Try the British Army Website
We prefer not to recommend other dealers unless we have known them a long time and trust them implicitly.
In 1990 our business started as a purely Postal Catalogue before the Internet boom. We still have many postal customers from pre-internet days, and owe these regular clients a debt of loyalty. Although we update our fresh stock web page on a regular basis:
Thank you for working your way through our Frequently Asked Questions - the following e-mail link WILL send a message to us and we will try to help when I get the time. The response may not be immediate as I go away quite often. Click here to send an e-mail message to Ian Kelly (Militaria).
If you want to buy an item, I suggest that you order it rather than wait for us to respond to your questions - we might only have one in stock and the delay caused by asking questions may result in the item being sold to someone else. If the item is not what you expected, you can always return it to me.
99% of the questions that people ask me can be answered by using the information or hyperlinks on this FAQ page - please re-read this page before asking questions by e-mail.
Yes - we are still open. This is a family business and is run from our home – we are processing orders as normal, but to minimise exposure to Coronavirus, we will only despatch orders 1 or 2 days each week.
Whilst staying at home, we are tidying our stockrooms - this means that we are finding and cataloguing treasures that have accumulated over the past 30 years of dealing in uniform badges, patches and buttons. During that time, we have bought-up the stock of several retired Militaria dealers and some large private collections, but simply haven’t had the time to catalogue everything that we bought – now we have plenty of time.
Because we are self-isolating and cataloguing badges and buttons that we have had for many years, this reduces the risk for you as a collector contracting the virus from us or our stock. Even when antiques shops & Militaria fairs do re-open, mail-order is a lot easier and safer.
In short, NO. Here is the background to this business policy decision -
We think that you will find the prices on our website very reasonable anyway.
To get a new password, go to the following web page and enter the email address that you used when you opened your account with us - www.kellybadges.co.uk/password-recovery
For your financial security, the 'billing address' on your account must match your address as held by your bank or payment card issuer.
In addition, you may add separate delivery addresses by clicking the 'Add New Address' button on the following web page - www.kellybadges.co.uk/addresses