Austrian Hungarian FJI Cap Badge - Enlisted k.u.k. Brass & Steel
Cap Badge worn by the Austria-Hungary (Austro-Hungarian), Army prior to 1907 to early WW1. This version has the loops on the reverse and rear circular hole introduced before 1907.
This badge is perfect for:
- Reenactors & Living History.
- Comparison against originals
- Replicating or repairing an Austrian/Hungarian WWI Cap
- Mountain & Army Collectors
- Badge Collectors
- Gifts & Commemorations
Austria-Hungary, often referred to as the Austro-Hungarian Empire or the Dual Monarchy, was a constitutional monarchy and great power in Central Europe between 1867 and 1918. It was formed with the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867, and was dissolved following its defeat in the First World War. The k.u.k. stands for kaiserlich und königlich (imperial and royal) and was used in the Austro-Hungarian empire to refer to empire-wide state institutions.
The badge is 30mm in diameter and 5mm thick. its is made of lacquered brass and has a steel reverse. The loops on the reverse are used to attach the badge to the cap by either using a thin leather strip or by sewing to the cap - both attachment methods are valid. The 'FJI' stands for Franz Joseph I of Austria.
This badge was introduced prior to 1907 and worn by enlisted men throughout the war. Later modifications included reducing its size, adding a solid back, changing the loops for pins and painting it pike grey and latterly field green. In 1917 the 'FJI' changed to 'K' for emperor Karl.
The final pictures shows one of our original badges.