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Object ID # 1969.067.004
Object Name Badge, Military
Title 31st Grey Battalion of Infantry Cap Badge
Lexicon category 8: Communication Artifact
Year Range from 1866
Year Range to 1900
Artist Unidentified manufacturer
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Grey County, Ontario
Description This brass "31" cap badge (31st Grey Battalion) belonged to an unknown male militia man in the 19th-century. This sort of insignia was worn on a military forage cap to indicate to which military group the individual belonged. The badge is shaped as the numerals "31". This represents the 31st Grey Battalion of Infantry. The back of the badge has two eye loops (called lugs) through which a split pin (cotter pin-like) would go. A fastener like this allowed easy removal for polishing the badge. See RELATED for other items pertinent to the history of the 31st Greys.



Provenance Unknown. Likely worn by someone from Grey County, but no information was provided. Last belonged to Jim Murray of Owen Sound, Grey County.
Collection Military, 19th-c Collection
Material Brass
Dimensions W-3.8 L-2.5 D-0.3 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
Subjects Militias
Military uniforms
Search Terms 31st Grey Battalion of Infantry
Function This sort of insignia was worn on a military forage cap in order to indicate which military group the individual belonged to.