The Selous Scouts insignia is arguably some of the most faked in the world. The Selous
Scouts Officer’s insignia were made by ‘Reuteler Manufacturing’. There is some discussion
as to whether the 1st issue was made by Reuteler.
As with other Officer’s insignia made by Reuteler Mfg, these were also made from
solid Silver, highly detailed and ‘Struck’ NOT ‘Cast’. The only exception were the
SAS Officer’s Collar badges which were constructed from bi-metal. The Selous Scouts
Officer’s Beret and Collar badges ALL had brass lugs.
There were at least six different stampings on the Officer’s insignia. The one that
is displayed here is probably one of the more common stampings.
Reuteler never stamped any of the Officer’s insignia that he made with the Silver
content number, neither did Matthews Manufacturing. Any of the Rhodesian Officer’s
insignia that is stamped with numbers like .925 or .995 or any other number are fakes.
An explanation of the difference between ‘Struck’ and ‘Cast’ badges.
“Die ‘Struck’ badges are struck from a solid piece of metal, brass etc. In this case
they were Silver. They have much better detail and the quality of the finish is much
greater. Die ‘Spun’ or ‘Cast’ badges are made from a combination of metals and do
not have the 3-D looking effect as much as the Die ‘Struck’ and therefore the detail
is much less.