HMS Cardiff

#1
I came across a zippo lighter at sn antique shop today, with the hms cardiff ship badge and falkland islands on the back. The badge is the circular one. I checked it out online, but seems every other zippo lighter out there has the hms cardiff pentagon badge. I know the hms cardiff had a circular badge, as seen on photos, so where does the pentagon badge come from? I see most zippolighters from desert storm era is with the pentagon badge.

What is the correct badge?
 
#2
According to the BR, circular for warships, diamond for establishments and pentagon for RFA.

https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&s...FjAPegQIBRAB&usg=AOvVaw3vlWPw5x6rrEU_HGhgf4Iz

Which is what every ship, boat and shore establishment I've ever served on or in has conformed to. I've no idea why the Zippo's have a pentagonal badge.

The circular design was standardised in 1940, before that cruisers had a pentagonal badge so maybe it's a throwback to then. Maybe the zippo badge designer got it wrong?

Cardiff was a WW2 light cruiser and had the pentagonal badge.
 
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#4
Thanks for the reply. I think they might be replicas not so well made

Quite possibly. At the Temple Street Market in Kowloon, I saw a Zippo lighter with an RAF roundel and a silhouette of a Tornado. The stallholder assured me it was genuine. The lighter carried the logo: "Operation Desert Strom".
 

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