This example has loops which are usually an indication of a Victorian or Edwardian badge.
However, there are no signs of sweat holes to the rear of the badge which are always present on early badges. In common with the other indications that run throughout this series of Gaunt copies are the flaw to the left of the letter ‘Y’, the letter ‘A’ in the words AND/LANCASTER run into the circlet (seen better from the rear view) and the detail in the laurel wreath is poorly defined.
It is difficult to conceive that a badge manufacturer certainly in the Victorian/Edwardian period would allow such defects to pass through quality control. Again, the whiskers on the head of the Tiger show excessive wear that is out of proportion to wear elsewhere on the badge.