Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
An Officer's Shoulder-Belt Plate, Battalion Company, 82nd (The Prince of Wales's Volunteers) Regiment of Foot
all in white-metal and rectangular with rounded corners, the plate mounted as follows, the mounts secured by pins through holes in the plate and turned-over on the reverse. The numeral 82 beneath the Prince of Wales's plumes, coronet and motto, all within a French scroll with a dot at the opening; above, a scroll bearing the battle honour PENINSULA; below, a scroll bearing the battle honour NIAGARA. Two hooks and two studs on the reverse; the number 1958 in white ink on the reverse; 78mm x 67mm.
The battle honours Peninsula and Niagara were granted to the 82nd on 6 April 1815 and 27 June 1816 respectively. A shoulder-belt plate of this pattern is illustrated in Parkyn, op. cit. supra, No. 328, p. 204; Parkyn states, p. 202, that this plate was introduced in about 1817 and worn until 1824; he implies that the plates of the flank companies differed significantly in their decoration.
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