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A collar badge for personnel of the Armoured Car Corps (1924 – 1934) was issued in 1926 and the design was based on the wheel of a Roll Royce Whippet armoured car between curved laurel leaves joined by a blank scroll, with the legend “Cór na gCárr n-Armta” inscribed on the upper part of the tyre.

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The Armoured Car Corps became the Cavalry Corps in 1934 and a collar badge was issued in either late 1935 or early 1936.  The Cavalry Corps badge consisted of the Armoured Car Corps badge and superimposed on it a rifle (the weapon of the Cyclist Squadron man) and a sabre (to represent the traditional cavalryman or horse element).  On top was a Cuirass to represent the armour.  The Cuirass is a piece of armour, formed of a single or multiple pieces of metal or other rigid material, to cover the front of the torso. The legend on the scroll was changed to “An Cór Marcraidhe”.  The large badge (An Cór Marcraidhe) was worn until 1953.  This was later changed to “An Cór Marcra” with the introduction of standardised Gaeilge spelling in 1953.  The badge can be found in various metals.  The smaller badge with title "An Cór Marcra" was introduced in 1953 and can be found in brass, bronze, copper and staybrite. Staybrite is the term for anodised aluminium and it replaced brass and other metal alloys with other armed forces from as early as 1950. 

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The Cavalry Corps bonnet style headgear was first issued in either May 1933 or in 1934; it is made in green in the same material as the Service Dress with a black band and swallow-tailed streamers at the back.

Glengarry

The Scottish Glengarry bonnet (centre above) is a traditional boat shaped brimless cap made of thick woollen material, decorated with a pom-pom on top, frequently with a rosette cockade and with ribbons hanging down the back and with a crease down the crown.  It is normally worn as part of Scottish military or civilian Highland dress, either formal or informal, as an alternative to the Balmoral Bonnet or Tan O’Shanter. The Royal Regiment of Scotland wears the Glengarry with a red and white diced band and black cock feathers as ceremonial headdress.  Irish named units in the British Army have worn the Caubeen (on right above).  The Irish Glengarry is more like the Caubeen than the Scottish Glengarry.