Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
An Officer's Shoulder-Belt Plate, Battalion Company, 40th (2nd Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot
a gilt-metal rectangular plate (some gilt absent), mounted as follows in gilt-metal and white-metal, the mounts secured through holes in the plate and retained by pins on the reverse. The matte gilt numeral 40 upon a domed, burnished white-metal disc, all within a matte gilt strap-and-buckle bearing the title 2ND SOMERSETSHIRE in burnished relief, the strap-and-buckle enclosed by a burnished gilt laurel wreath surmounted by a burnished gilt crown and mounted with four matte white-metal scrolls bearing, in burnished relief, the battle honours CANDAHAR, GHUZNEE 1842, MAHARAJPOOR and CABOOL; the whole set upon a faceted, multi-rayed, white-metal star with fourteen additional, matte, white-metal rays having irregular ends bearing, in burnished relief, the battle honours, reading clockwise from the top, EGYPT, MONTEVIDEO, ROLEIA, VIMIERA, TALAVERA, BADAJOS, SALAMANCA, WATERLOO, VITTORIA, PYRENEES, NIVELLE, ORTHES, TOULOUSE and PENINSULA. Two hooks and two studs on the reverse, which is struck with a small fleur-de-lys mark; 96mm x 76mm.
A shoulder-belt plate of this pattern is illustrated in Parkyn, H.G., Shoulder-Belt Plates and Buttons (Aldershot, 1956) as No. 327, p. 204, and stated to be the pattern in use 1844-55, p. 202.
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