Headmans Gorget: Alternative 1920s British Rhodesian Insignia

Rare British Rhodesian Headman’s Gorget

Origin: Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
Time Period: 1920s -1950
Provenance: Private Collection, South Africa
Materials: Brass

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British Rhodesian Tribal Headmans Gorget

Rare alternative headmans gorget from the 1920s – 50s era issued to tribal headmen by Rhodesian Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Rarely seen on the open market as you can imagine only a select few occupied these positions.

This type bears a silver Coat of arms of King George III of the United Kingdom.

Alternative  Gorget

Rhodesian chief’s insignia often comprised of a badge of office or a brass badge with a silver British or Rhodesian coat of arms in the middle. Unlike most Rhodesian gorgets, this one was made in Birmingham England, stamped Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother visited Southern Rhodesia now Zimbabwe in July 1957, at Matopo, in the Matopos Hills. Here she was presented with an elaborate wrought-iron fireplace screen embellished with elephant tasks on both ends two Chief’s badges, and a Headman’s badge below.

1920s or 1960s brass Rhodesian Gorget

Queen Elizabeth’s  Gift from Rhodesian Chiefs, 1957

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