This site displays examples of historic uniform and kit that were worn by Members of the North West Mounted Police (NWMP),
the Royal North West Mounted Police (RNWMP) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
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Wallet IDs and Kit Bits
A pair of Peerless handcuffs found in the handcuff carrier of an old RCMP
Sam Browne, circa 1950. This pair has been marked with BCP 231
indicating they were first issued by the British Columbia Provincial Police.
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UNIFORMS & EQUIPMENT
Gold wire crest (above), worn on the breast pocket of the red or blue blazer
of members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Veteran's Association. All
retired, former RCMP Members are eligible to join the RCMPVA.
Leather sword frog
for officer's undress
Sam Browne worn with the
Scarlet serge tunic.
Black patent leather
Sam Browne duty belt.
Zippo lighters (left) and duty wear tie clips (right).
Stetson press to maintain the hat's brim from curling.
RCMP blankets (below) for detachment cells
and issued as kit for Members' personal use.
A few examples (right) of equipment used by Members to assist reluctant
individuals with compliance. Tools deployed for wrapping around, inserting
into, and assisting in the illumination of the situation, as required. On the far
right is an example of the mounted truncheon and leather truncheon bucket.
The RCMP Veteran's Association blue and scarlet blazers (below) owned by
S/Sgt Frederick Joseph James Henderson,
the navigator of the St. Roch's 1950 voyage from Vancouver to Halifax via the Panama Canal.
Henderson was also the St. Roch's last skipper on her voyage into retirement in 1962, to the
Maritime Museum in Vancouver, B.C.
RCMP Veteran's Association
beret and tie.
Standard issue plastic flashlight;
quickly misplaced by most
Members who went out and
purchased their own MagLites.
Standard issue the S&W model #5946,
9mm pistol with The Force's logo
engraved on the slide.
Double magazine holder
Closed auto pistol holster
RCMP Veteran's Association armband, circa 1950's.
The most common example of a Retired Wallet badge resembled an early RCMP identification badge. Near the bottom of the badge, in relief, was a blank,
oval-shaped area upon which the word RETIRED could be engraved. The badge was produced in both silver and gold colured examples (Fig. 1 & Fig. 2).
Another badge that resembled an authentic early pattern RCMP wallet badge, except that the original was silver in colour (Fig. 3).
RETIRED and VETERAN WALLET BADGES
Two additional wallet badge variations -a gold coloured badge which had the word RETIRED engraved in the usual location but had the word POLICE near the
top. One pattern utilized dark blue vitreous enamel. (Fig. 4). The second utilized light blue vitreous enamel however, the motto ring on the small RCMP badge
was backed with dark blue, vitreous enamel, and there was red enamel in the crown. (Fig. 5). An unusual, unauthorized badge surfaced in late 2012. The
shield-shaped badge was gold coloured, and surmounted by the image of a beaver. Three ribands carried the nomenclature ROYAL / CANADIAN / MOUNTED
POLICE and centrally featured was the abbreviation RET’D. The badge was glued to the leather in a black wallet. (Fig. 6)
The information in the following section on Retired and Veteran Wallet Badges was taken from the Scarlet Force Collectors
newsletter (Volume 17, part 2 - Summer 2013), from an article written by
Don Klancher, Wallet Badges - Retired and Veteran.
RETIRED and VETERAN WALLET BADGES
The badge carried the word RETIRED in a riband near the top. In the centre of the badge was a small, silver version of the RCMP Veterans’ Association
badge and below that RCMP GRC. Near the base of the badge was an oval area where the regimental number could be engraved (Fig. 7). It was determined
that many former members did not qualify as “retired” in that they hadn’t served the minimum of 20 years. As a result, a new badge was designed that
included the all-inclusive word VETERAN (Fig. 8). A new badge was designed and while it still carried the letters RCMP GRC, they were much less prominent.
Near the top of the badge were the letters RCMP, the word VETERAN and the letters GRC. In the centre was a full-colour version of the RCMP Veterans’
Association badge. Near the base was an oval area in relief, where the regimental numberr, could be engraved (Fig. 9).
After notification was received from RCMP officials in Ottawa, that the letters RCMP GRC could no longer be used, another version of the badge was
designed. The letters RCMP VA replaced the letters RCMP GRC (Fig. 10). In November 2010, a new pattern of badge, which had been designed and
produced by members of Toronto Division, became available. The badge had a full colour badge of the RCMP Veterans’ Association, below which was an
oval area where the regimental number could be engraved (Fig. 11).
An unauthorized "retired" wallet badge and wallet.
Authorized wallet badge, unilingual, circa 1970.
Authorized wallet badge, bilingual, circa 1975.
Authorized wallet badge, bilingual, circa 1998.
Authorized wallet badge, bilingual circa 1977.
A chaplain's brassard (left).
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Auxiliary Police wallet badge, H Div (Nova Scotia).