A white metal circlet surmounted by a Queen Victoria Crown, struck in one piece with the words ‘1 Hallamshire VB York & Lancaster’ on the circlet. In the centre of the circlet is a white metal Union Rose with a gilding metal centre.
This pattern was approved in 1885.
A page in a pattern book of volunteer infantry badges (held by the National Archives) of J&B Pearse of London which shows designs for Volunteer Regiments badges which were approved 4.8.85. The page relating to the 1st VB shows drawings of a helmet plate, Glengarry badge, collar badge and waist belt clasp. Interestingly, there are hand written comments from the War Office on the page saying that the word ‘Hallamshire’ must be omitted and the designation in the circle of the badges must be ‘1st Volr Battn York and Lancaster Regt’. However, these hand written notes have been scribbled through which would suggest that this instruction was rescinded.
This pattern book is held in the National Archives and is WO359/21 1883-1899, Volume 9 Pattern ‘A book of 108 designs for badges of Volunteer Regiments’.