Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
An Officer's Shoulder-Belt Plate, Grenadier Company, 40th (2nd Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot
a plate of the design of the previous lot, with the following differences. The numeral 40 mounted upon the balls of a flaming grenade within the strap-and-buckle; the mounted design loose, lacking its retaining pins; the separate crown and the Sphinx (awarded solely to the flank companies of the regiment in 1802) missing. Two hooks and two studs on the reverse; some wear to gilding overall; 98mm x 78mm.
A complete shoulder-belt plate of this pattern is illustrated in R.H.R. Smythies, Historical Records of the 40th (2nd Somersetshire) Regiment…, (Devonport, 1894), facing p. 470 and dated circa 1845.
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