I know of less than five of these badges that exist in collections today. Worn as a collar badge by the troopers of the Dublin based “74th Imperial Yeomanry” during the Boer War, this unit was nicked named the “Dublin Hunt Company” due to the number of well to do members the aristocracy in its ranks.
These badges were made in South Africa by the firm of Button & Wyeth, Kimberley South Africa. The badge is cast in white metal, with two lugs on the back and stamped by the manufacturer on the reverse – “Button & Wyeth Kimberley”
The badge is a nice, but simple design, with the centre formed as a single large shamrock and a scroll with the lettering “74 DUBLIN I.Y.”
This badge formed the basis of a design for the post Boer War era South of Ireland Imperial Yeomanry in 1902.