|Rising Sun Collection
|The stunning History of the Rising Sun Hat Badge
Collection from the military specialists, is the perfect gift for any military
personnel or enthusiast. The Rising Sun Collection includes high quality
replicas of each of the Seven versions of the Rising Sun hat badge.
The first Rising Sun Hat Badge from February 1902. It was
issued to mounted troops in the Boer War. It bore only the word AUSTRALIA
arched above a King's Crown.
The second Rising Sun Hat badge from April 1902 added a
scroll with the words 'Commonwealth Horse' and changing 'Australia' to
'Australian'. This badge was a modified version for the Commonwealth Horse.
The third Rising Sun badge from May 1904 carried a scroll
inscribed with the words 'Australian Commonwealth Military Forces' and was worn
throughout both World Wars. There were, however, a number of variations of the
badge; a special version was struck for the coronation of King Edward VII in
1902 and there were badges of the Commonwealth Horse and the Australian
Instructional Corps, each with its respective title on the scrolls. This
pattern badge formed the template for all subsequent General Service badges.
The fourth Rising Sun Hat Badge is from 1949 when Corps and
Regimental Badges were reintroduced into service. The wording on the scroll on
the Rising Sun badge was changed to read Australian Military Forces.
The fifth Rising Sun Hat Badge is from 1954 when the badge was
changed to incorporate the Queen's crown with the ascension of Elizabeth 2.
The sixth Rising Sun Hat Badge from 1969 was modified to
incorporate the Federation Star and Torse Wreath from the original 1902 version
of the badge and the scroll wording changed to Australia.