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HISTORICAL USE OF STAR AND CRESCENT INSIGNIA

Right - An example of the star and cresent badge, nearly identical to typical Ottoman badges; however, in this case a WW1-period badge for the 18th Infantry Regiment of the British Indian Army.

Right - An American Civil War period badge of the US army 7th corps, During the civil war, each US army corps was assigned a distinctive geometric shape for their badges.  Even, the South Carolina seccession flag early in the civil war was a red flag, with two tails, displaying a large white star and an upside down crescent moon, having an almost identical appearance to Ottoman flags in the period.

Right -  Emirate of Cyrenaica Police (1949–1951). Using an almost identical button design to earlier 1860s Ottoman army buttons. The main distinguishing feature is white metal (the original Ottoman buttons are brass metal), and 1950s British manufacture.

Right - A UK pattern button for the Emirate of Cyrenaica Police (1949–1951) [1] [2].

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[1] Squire, G. 1972 Buttons: A Guide for Collectors, London : F. Muller.

[2] Ian Kelly Militaria.

Right - Standard 1876 Ottoman army tunic gilt-brass star and crescent buttons copied by the French Army, These are 1953 15mm brass metal buttons with split-pin attachments used for shoulder boards, and kepi, for the Army of North Africa (French Sahara).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Right - Post-1880 Egyptian General Staff button.

 

 

 

 

 

Right - A WW1-wartime French Army of North Africa officer's black tunic button. This is likely for the 3rd Algerian Tirailleurs Regiment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below - A French colonial officer's buckle for its Armée d'Afrique du Nord (from 1880 till post-WW1). The star and crescent badge (like the 1880s button above) is identical to the Ottoman version, used in the pre-WW1 period.

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