WEDNESDAY 14th MARCH 2007

BADGES, HELMET PLATES, SHOULDER BELT PLATES

Over 350 lots are photographed in the catalogue which
is now lavishly illustrated in full colour throughout

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Many of the lots formed part of the famous Hugh King Collection
1     The King’s German Legion Officer’s shoulder belt plate circa 1804-15.
A very fine and rare example, the oval gilt back plate with further gilt mounts. Centrally the crown within an oval strap “King’s German Legion”, on the top of the strap the Lion of England stant guardant. Reverse retains original fixings, comprising a hook at the top and two studs at the bottom. VGC (£800 - £1,000)
Raised late 1803 as the King’s Germans, redesignated in 1804 and soon comprising infantry, light infantry, cavalry and light cavalry. This item is probably the first pattern worn, before the advent of battalion titled patterns.
2     7th Foot Royal Fusiliers Officer’s 1844-55 “Albert” shako plate.
A very fine and rare rich gilt example. Large flaming grenade, the ball mounted with crowned pierced Garter on a rich blue translucent enamel ground, gilt rose to centre. Beneath the Garter, an applied silvered White Horse of Hanover. Four loops to reverse. VGC (KK 81A) (£800 - £1,000)
This is the actual piece photographed as No. 81A in “Head-dress Badges of the British Army”. See Lot 822, Bosleys 13th December 2006 sale for example on the shako.
3     Georgian Officer’s shoulder belt plate circa 1794-1820.
A fine copper gilt oval plate with engraved details. The crown over “GR” within laurel sprays. The reverse with one hook (missing) and two studs plus the shrunken remains of the chamois liner. VGC (£300 - £400)
A standard ‘general’ pattern but not used extensively.
4     Lancashire Fusiliers senior NCO’s pre 1881 glengarry badge.
A very fine and scarce rich gilt example. Flaming grenade, the ball bearing the Sphinx resting on a tablet “Egypt” within a laurel wreath set within a circlet inscribed “Lancashire”. Two loops to reverse. VGC (as KK 964) (£50 - £100)
5     Royal Munster Fusiliers senior NCO’s pre 1881 glengarry badge.
A very fine and scarce rich gilt example. Flaming grenade, the ball bearing the Arms of the Province of Munster. Two loops to reverse. VGC (as KK 971) (£100 - £150)
6     93rd Sutherland Highlanders Officer’s helmet plate circa 1878-81.
An extremely fine and scarce gilt example of universal crowned star pattern worn on the foreign service helmet. Mounted on the star, a gilt thistle wreath; within the wreath, a circlet inscribed “Sutherland Highlanders” with “93” to centre on a black velvet ground. Across the top of the wreath, a tri-part scroll “Alma Balaklava Sebastopol”; beneath the wreath, another scroll inscribed “Cape of Good Hope” with “Lucknow” scroll beneath. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£400 - £500)
7     Canada. 88th Victoria Fusiliers Officer’s busby grenade circa 1912.
A splendid and scarce example with JR Gaunt, Montreal tablet to reverse. Gilt flaming grenade resting on a scroll “Victoria Fusiliers”; the ball mounted with silver maple leaf bearing gilt mountain lion, “88” and scroll “In virtute Victoria”. Two loops to reverse. VGC (£200 - £300)
See “Canadian Militia Badges Pre 1914” by Mazeas, HP 264.
8     Canada. Infantry School Corps Victorian Officer’s helmet plate.
A fine and scarce gilt example of universal crowned star pattern mounted with maple wreath and strap “Infantry School Corps”, the centre with silvered beaver on a black velvet ground. To the base of the wreath, an applied silvered scroll “Pro patria” . Three loops to reverse (pinched). Generally VGC. (£300 - £400)
See “Canadian Militia Badges Pre 1914” by Mazeas, HP 70.
9     Army Medical Department Officer’s shako plate circa 1869-78.
A very fine and attractive gilt example. Within a laurel wreath surmounted by the Imperial style Crown, a roped circlet enclosing a silver disc with red enamel Geneva cross to centre. Two loops to reverse. Wreath fractured between circlet and crown on right side not affecting the appearance otherwise VGC. (KK 1000) (£200 - £300)
Redesignated Army Medical Staff in 1884; by Royal Warrant, on 23rd June 1898 Army Medical Staff (Officers) and Medical Staff Corps (OR’s) merged to become the Royal Army Medical Corps.
10     12th Madras Native Infantry pre 1855 Officer’s shoulder belt plate.
A very fine and scarce example. Gilt rectangular plate mounted with a cut silver star bearing gilt laurel wreath; within the wreath a crowned strap inscribed “Madras Native Infantry ” with floriated “12” on to domed centre. To the base of the wreath an applied gilt scroll inscribed “Ava Pegu”. Reverse retains original fixings, comprising two hooks at the top and two studs at the bottom. VGC (£500 - £700)
Originally raised in 1767 as 16th Bn. Coast Sepoys, became 13th Carnatic Bn. in 1769 renumbered 12th in 1770. 1784 became 12th Madras Bn. becoming 2nd Bn. 8th Regt. Madras Native Infantry in 1796. 1824 became 12th Regt. Madras Native Infantry, then 2nd Burma Bn. in 1890 and 12th Regiment of Madras Infantry in 1891. In 1903 they became the 72nd Punjabis.
11     2nd Foot (Queen’s) Officer’s shako plate circa 1869-78.
A very fine and scarce gilt example. Within a crowned laurel wreath bearing the Garter, a silver Paschal Lamb with “2” below. Two loops to reverse. Generally VGC. (KK 151) (£250 - £300)
12     Royal Marine Light Infantry Officer’s shako plate circa 1855-66.
A fine and scarce gilt example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and strap “Per mare per terram”, the centre with a silver globe in relief, the Continents picked out in gilt. Silver fouled anchor at the top of the wreath, strung bugle mounted below the wreath. Two horizontal loops to reverse. VGC (£250 - £350)
This is the actual piece photographed as No. 1088 in “Head-dress Badges of the British Army”.
13     Canada. Nova Scotia Militia Officer’s shako plate circa 1866.
A very fine and exceptionally scarce silvered example of universal crowned star pattern mounted with pierced gilt strap “Nova Scotia Militia”, the centre with gilt floral spray. Two loops to reverse. VGC (£400 - £600)
See “Canadian Militia Badges Pre 1914” by Mazeas, MS3.
14     North Tipperary Militia post 1855 Officer’s shako plate.
A very fine and rare gilt example of universal crowned star pattern mounted with silver shamrock wreath and “North Tipperary Militia” circlet; Maid of Erin Harp to centre. Two horizontal loops to reverse. VGC (£600 - £700)
The 2nd or North Tipperary Light Infantry Militia were raised in January 1854 at Clonmel, became the 4th Bn. Royal Irish Regiment on 1st July 1881.
15     Royal Malta Artillery Victorian Officer’s waist belt plate.
A fine and scarce example. Rectangular seeded gilt plate with burnished rim mounted with Crowned wreath of laurel and palm bearing strap inscribed “Royal Malta Artillery”, silvered Maltese Cross to centre. Fixed belt loop present, detachable belt loop now absent. GC (£200 - £300)
16     Shanghai Light Horse Officer’s waist belt plate.
A very fine and exceedingly rare example. Rectangular gilt plate mounted with silvered oak wreath with scroll across its base “Shanghai 4th April 1854”. Within the wreath, a Crowned strap inscribed “Pro aris et focis”; to the centre, St. George and the Dragon in gilt. Complete with both fixed and detachable belt loops. VGC (£300 - £500)
This was the mounted troop of the Shanghai Volunteer Corps.
17     7th (City of London) Bn. The London Regiment Officer’s helmet plate circa 1908-14.
A fine and scarce gilt example of universal crowned star pattern mounted with laurel wreath and applied silver circlet “Domine dirige nos” superimposed on crossed sword and sceptre; centre bearing gilt flaming grenade,with silver “7” mounted on the ball, set on a black velvet ground. To the base of the wreath an applied gilt shield of the City of London surmounted by a scroll “City of London”. Three loops to reverse. 3 o’clock star tip creased otherwise VGC.
(£300 - £400)
3rd London Rifle Volunteer Corps raised in 1861 and became 7th (City of London) Bn. The London Regiment in 1908.
18     101st Royal Bengal Fusiliers Officer’s fur cap grenade circa 1874-81.
A fine and very scarce example. Gilt flaming grenade, the ball mounted with gilt wreath bearing numerous honours; within the wreath a silver crowned strap “Royal Bengal Fusiliers” with “101” to centre. Four replacement loops to reverse. Two wires securing overlays AF, regilded otherwise generally GC. (KK 937) (£300 - £500)
Became 1st Bn. Royal Munster Fusiliers on Friday 1st July, 1881 whilst under the command of Lt.Col. Montagu Hall.
This is the actual piece photographed as No. 937 in “Head-dress Badges of the British Army”.
19     Royal Marine Light Infantry Chatham Division Commissioned Bandmaster’s helmet plate.
A very fine and exceedingly rare Victorian example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath closed with “Gibraltar” scroll; within the wreath a pierced strap inscribed “Per mare per terram” on blue enamel ground; to the centre, a silver globe in relief mounted by a silver rose. Beneath the wreath, an applied silver strung bugle. Two of three loops to reverse. Slight wear to gilt. Generally VGC. (KK 1119) (£500 - £700)
This is the actual piece photographed as No. 1119 in “Head-dress Badges of the British Army”.
20     Royal Marine Artillery Victorian Officer’s waist belt clasp.
A fine and rare silver and gilt example. Circlet inscribed “Royal Marine Artillery”; seeded centre bearing the Royal Crest in gilt. Universal pattern rococo ends. VGC (£200 - £300)
21     British Guiana Militia Officer’s helmet plate circa 1891-1901.
A good scarce gilt example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and circlet “British Guiana Militia”, the centre with a silvered ship in full sail on a black velvet ground. Two screw posts to reverse. Some wear to gilt. GC (£200 - £300)
British Guiana Militia raised in 1891 became British Guiana Volunteer Force in 1948.
22     4th West India Regiment Officer’s shako plate circa 1862-69.
An exceptionally fine and scarce gilt example of universal crowned star pattern mounted with laurel wreath and strap “West India Regt.” the centre with floriated ”4” on a gilt ground. Two loops to reverse. VGC (£125 - £175)
4th was reformed 12th November,1862 and disbanded in 1869.
23     33rd Foot (Duke of Wellington’s) Officer’s helmet plate circa 1878-81.
A fine and scarce gilt example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and Garter, the centre with silver crest of the Duke of Wellington within “Virtutis fortuna comes” circlet, set on a black cloth ground. “33” in silver applied to the junction of the laurel wreath. Three loops to reverse. Gilt a little dull otherwise near VGC. (£300 - £400)
24     5th Bengal European Regiment Officer’s shako plate circa 1858-60.
A fine and rare gilt example of universal crowned star pattern mounted with silver Maltese cross bearing laurel wreath and circlet “European Bengal Regt.”, foliated “5” to centre. Retains both horizontal loops to reverse and two pair of fixing wires behind the crown. Minor service wear otherwise VGC. (£600 - £800)
Formed in July 1858 with Officers from both 5th and 6th Bengal Native Infantry. Disbanded in 1860.
25     Royal Irish Fusiliers post 1881 Officer’s fur cap grenade.
A fine example. Gilt flaming grenade, the ball mounted with silver Eagle on a tablet inscribed “8”. Reverse with two loops to top and pair of wires below. VGC (KK 936)

(£200 - £400)
The Eagle and tablet inscribed “8” represents the Eagle on the flagstaff of the 8th French Light Infantry captured by the old 87th Fusiliers at Barossa on 5th March 1811.
26     4th (South) Royal Jersey Militia Officer’s “Albert” shako plate circa 1844-55.
A fine and scarce gilt example of universal crowned star pattern mounted with a silver laurel wreath bearing strap “Royal Jersey Militia” with “IV” to centre. Two loops to reverse. Some wear to gilt and one or two crease marks to star tips. GC (£600 - £800)
27     Northumberland Fusiliers Officer’s fur cap grenade.
A very fine pre 1904 example. Gilt flaming grenade, the ball mounted with a gilt strap inscribed “Quo fata vocant”, St.George and the Dragon to the centre. Two screw posts to reverse. VGC (£100 - £150)
28     Royal Scots Fusiliers Victorian Officer’s fur cap grenade circa 1881-1901.
A very fine and scarce example. Gilt flaming grenade with Royal Arms in gilt mounted to the ball. Reverse retains both original screw posts. VGC (KK 932) (£200 - £300)
29     61st Foot (South Gloucester) Officer’s shako plate circa 1869-78.
A fine and scarce gilt example. Within a crowned laurel wreath, the Garter with pierced numerals “61” to centre on a seeded gilt ground. Two loops to reverse. VGC (£200 - £300)
30     50th Middlesex (Bank of England) Rifle Volunteer Corps Officer’s waist belt clasp circa 1875-80.
A fine and rare short lived example by S.W. Silver & Co, Clothiers & C, Cornhill. Oval inscribed “50th Middlesex Bank of England Rifles”; applied figure of Britannia to centre. Universal pattern rococo ends. Arm and spear of Britannia absent. (£200 - £300)
Raised 1st December, 1875 at Somerset House by porters and messengers of the Bank of England. Attached to 21st (Civil Service) MVRC for drill and admin. purposes. Renumbered 25th in 1880.
31     68th Durham Light Infantry Officer’s shako plate circa 1868-79.
A very fine and scarce gilt example. Within a crowned laurel wreath, the Garter with curled bugle to centre bearing “68” in the curl. Two loops to reverse. One loop crudely replaced otherwise VGC. (£300 - £350)
32     1st VB Middlesex Regiment Victorian Officer’s helmet plate circa 1898-1901.
A very fine and scarce silvered example of universal crowned star pattern mounted with laurel wreath and Garter, the centre with laurel wreath, Prince of Wales’s plumes, coronet and cypher and blank scroll on a black velvet ground. To the base of the wreath, an applied tri-part scroll “The Middlesex Regt” with another below “1st Volunteer Battalion” . Three loops to reverse. VGC (£300 - £400)
HQ at Hornsey.
33     3rd Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteers post 1863 Officer’s shako plate.
A fine and rare silvered example of universal crowned star pattern mounted with gilt circlet inscribed “Lanarkshire Volunteers” and ornamented with a small thistle spray; lion over “3” to centre. Two loops to reverse. VGC (£300 - £500)
Became a VB of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) in 1881 but never designated as such.
34     2nd VB Oxfordshire Light Infantry Officer’s helmet plate circa 1887-1901.
A fine and scarce silvered example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and Garter, the centre with strung bugle on a black cloth ground (mothed & worn). To the base of the wreath, an applied tri-part scroll “The Oxfordshire Lt. Infy.” with an additional scroll below inscribed “2nd Volunteer Battalion”. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£250 - £350)
2nd Oxfordshire RVC became a VB of the Oxfordshire LI on 1st July 1881 and were redesignated as 2nd VB in December 1887.
35     4th Cheshire Rifle Volunteers Officer’s helmet plate circa 1878-87.
A fine and scarce silvered example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and strap inscribed “4th Cheshire Rifle Volunteers”. To the centre, in silver, a Cap of Maintenance surmounted by a lion with motto below “Virtus Veritas Libertas” (taken from the Arms of Glossop), on a black velvet ground. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£250 - £350)
4th Cheshire (Cheshire & Derby) Rifle Vols. had “L” to “N” Companies (late 23rd Derby) at Glossop. In December 1887 by GO 181 became 4th VB Cheshire Regt.
36     1st Glamorgan Rifle Volunteer Corps Officer’s helmet plate circa 1880-87.
A fine and scarce silvered example. Eight pointed star, the topmost point displaced by Prince of Wales’s plumes; mounted on the star, a laurel wreath and strap “1st Glamorgan Rifle Volunteer Corps”, the centre with two towered castle with flaming turrets on a black velvet ground. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£300 - £400)
HQ at Margam, Taibach. Redesignated 2nd (Glamorgan) VB Welsh Regiment in December 1887. Became 7th (Cyclist) Bn. The Welsh Regt. in 1908.
37     Norfolk Rifle Volunteers Officer’s helmet plate circa 1878-80.
A fine and scarce silvered example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and strap “Norfolk Rifle Volunteers”, the centre with strung bugle on a black velvet ground. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£250 - £350)
38     1st Leicestershire Rifle Volunteers Officer’s helmet plate circa 1880-83.
A fine and scarce silvered example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and strap “First Leicestershire R.V.”, the centre with strung bugle on a black velvet ground. Three pinched loops to reverse. VGC (£250 - £350)
Redesignated 1st VB in February, 1883. HQ Oxford Street, Leicester.
39     2nd Aberdeenshire Rifle Volunteers Officer’s helmet plate circa 1880-84.
An extremely fine and scarce silvered example of universal crowned star pattern bearing full ivy wreath and circlet “2nd Aberdeenshire RV”, the centre with St. Andrew on a black velvet ground. Three loops to reverse (pinched and one AF). VGC (£400 - £500)
40     Donegal Militia Officer’s helmet plate circa 1878-81.
A fine and rare silvered example of universal crowned star pattern mounted with full laurel wreath and gilt circlet “Donegal Militia”, the centre with silvered Prince of Wales’s plumes on a black velvet ground. Three loops to reverse. Some wear to gilt otherwise near VGC. (£500 - £600)
Raised in April 1793, 1817 HQ at Ballyshannon, redesignated Prince of Wales' Own Donegal Militia 1855 when 4 of its 12 companies converted to Artillery. 1874 HQ moved to Lifford; 1881 redesignated 3 Brigade North Irish Division Artillery.
41     1st VB Essex Regiment Officer’s unusual pattern Victorian helmet plate.
A fine and scarce post 1883 silvered example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and Garter, the centre with silvered Arms of Essex on a black velvet ground. To the base of the wreath, an applied silvered scroll “1st Volunteer Battalion”. Three loops to reverse. A little wear to plating, GC. (£300 - £400)
HQ at Brentwood.
42     1st Fifeshire Rifle Volunteer Corps Officer’s helmet plate circa 1880-87.
A fine and scarce silvered example of universal crowned star pattern mounted with laurel wreath and strap inscribed “1st Fifeshire Rifle Volunteer Corps”, the centre with the Thane of Fife on a black velvet ground. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£300 - £400)
1st Fifeshire RV became a VB of the Black Watch in 1881, redesignated 6th (Perthshire) VB Black Watch in 1887.
This is the actual piece photographed as No. 1585 in “Head-dress Badges of the British Army”.
43     Royal Glamorgan Light Infantry Militia Officer’s helmet plate circa 1878-81.
A very fine and scarce silvered example of universal crowned star pattern mounted with laurel wreath and circlet inscribed “Royal Glamorgan Light Infy”, the centre with silvered VR Cypher on a black velvet ground. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£400 - £500)
Originally raised in 1761 as the Glamorganshire Militia, became 3rd Bn. The Welsh Regiment on Friday 1st July, 1881.
44     Grenadier Guards William IV valise badge circa 1830-37.
A fine and scarce die-stamped brass example. Within a crowned Garter, a WR Cypher, reversed and interlaced with “IV” below. Three original fixings officially converted to four loops. VGC (£200 - £250)
45     14th Light Dragoons OR’s shako plate circa 1857-61.
A good scarce die-stamped brass crowned Maltese cross with battle honours and “Fourteenth Light Dragoons” to the raised edges. To the centre, the Garter enclosing the Royal Crest. Both original lead soldered iron loops to reverse. One or two minor spots of surface verdigris otherwise VGC (£400 - £600)
The Regiment converted to hussars in 1861
46     Grenadier Guards Victorian valise badge circa 1837-1901.
A good die-stamped brass example. Within a crowned Garter, a VR Cypher reversed and interlaced. Four loops to reverse. VGC (£30 - £50)
47     Royal Malta Artillery OR’s helmet plate circa 1897.
A good scarce brass example. Crowned wreath of laurel and palm bearing strap inscribed “Royal Malta Artillery”, gun to the base of the wreath. Separate white metal Maltese Cross to centre. Two loops to reverse. VGC (£150 - £200)
48     1st Foot (the Royal Regiment) OR’s shoulder belt plate circa 1775-1800.
A very rare example. Heavy cast brass small oval plate with a typical early depiction of the Crown over “1”. Reverse retains original fixings, comprising a hook at the top and two studs at the bottom. VGC (£400 - £500)
49     Queensland Defence Forces OR’s shako plate circa 1869-78.
A scarce die-stamped brass example. Within a crowned laurel wreath, a strap inscribed “Queensland” with VR Cypher to centre. Across the base of the wreath, an applied tri-part scroll inscribed “Pro aris et focis”. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£150 - £200)
50     Grenadier Guards George III OR’s valise badge.
A good scarce cast brass example. Within a crowned Garter, a GR Cypher, reversed and interlaced and bearing “III” to the centre. Three flat integral loops to reverse. VGC (£150 - £200)
51     1st Hampshire or Herefordshire Local Militia OR’s “stovepipe” shako plate circa 1808-12.
A rare die-stamped brass example. The standard “trophy plate”, crown Garter “GR” and colours trumpets swords etc. but with additional stamping of “1st H” and “LM” to the left and right of the crown. The reverse with two old copper loop fasteners on solder bases. GC (KK 11) (£600 - £800)
This is the actual piece photographed as No. 67 in “Head-dress Badges of the British Army” as Hampshire Local Militia however the lettering is very similar to that on the 1st Herefordshire LM’s shoulder belt plates, additionally the two Hampshire units were always listed as South Western and South Eastern.
52     West Canada Militia OR’s 1844-55 “Albert” shako plate.
A good rare die-stamped brass example. Crowned wreath of oak and laurel; to the centre, within a circlet inscribed “West Canada Militia”, VR Cypher. Two replacement loops to reverse. GC (£150 - £300)
53     1st Royal Surrey Militia Officer’s shako plate circa 1861-69.
A fine and scarce silvered example of universal crowned star pattern mounted with a circlet “First Royal Surrey”; VR cypher. Reverse retains both original horizontal loops. VGC (£200 - £300)
Raised 18th April 1759 at Richmond. Redesignated 3rd Bn. East. Surrey Regt. on Friday 1st July, 1881.
54     4th (Ilfracombe) Devonshire Rifle Volunteers Officer’s shako plate circa 1859-72.
A fine and scarce die-cast silvered example being a Garter Star mounted with plain strap and numeral “4” to centre. Two loops to reverse (pinched). VGC (£200 - £300)
Raised 3rd March, 1859; disbanded in 1872.
55     1st Royal Lanark Militia Officer’s shako plate circa 1861-69.
A fine and scarce silvered example of universal crowned star pattern mounted with a circlet “1st Royal Lanark Militia”; thistle spray to centre. Reverse retains both original loops (pinched). GC (£300 - £400)
Originally raised at Hamilton in 1796, redesignated “Royal” in 1802 and gained “1st” on 5th December 1854. Became 3rd Bn. HLI on 1st July 1881 and divided into two battalions in 1883.
56     14th (Wotton) Surrey Rifles Officer’s waist belt clasp circa 1860-77.
A very fine and scarce silvered example with matching numbers to both halves. Circlet inscribed “Wotton, 14th Surrey Rifles” the centre bearing the Arms of Surrey. Universal pattern rococo ends. VGC (£180 - £220)
Formed March 1860 at Wotton; disbanded in 1877.
57     6th Battalion Durham Light Infantry post 1908 Officer’s pouch belt plate.
An exceptionally fine and scarce die-stamped silver plated example. Within a Crowned oval “6th Battalion Durham Light Infantry”, a shield bearing an oak tree, an acorn above the shield. Three screw posts to reverse. VGC (£150 - £200)
58     2nd Aberdeenshire Rifle Volunteers Officer’s waist belt clasp circa 1860-84.
A fine and scarce silvered example. Circlet inscribed “2nd Aberdeenshire RV”; to the centre, St. Andrew. Ivy leaf ends. VGC (£150 - £200)
59     Isle of Wight Rifles post 1908 Officer’s pouch belt plate.
A very fine and scarce silvered example by J & Co. (Jennens). Laurel wreath surmounted by a crown resting on a scroll “South Africa 1900-01”; to the centre, within a circlet “Isle of Wight Rifles”, the Tower of Carisbrooke Castle on a mirrored ground. Scroll on the base of the wreath “Princess Beatrice’s”. Four screw posts to reverse. Complete with backing plate. VGC (£300 - £400)
Raised from 25th January 1860 onwards, grouped in July 1860 to form 1st Admin. Bn at Newport, consolidated 13th April 1880 as 1st Isle of Wight RV’s. Became a VB of the Hampshire Regiment on 1st July 1881 redesigned 5th (Isle of Wight, “Princess Beatrice’s”) VB on 18th August 1885..
60     Tyneside Scottish Officer’s 1914 hallmarked silver glengarry badge.
A very fine and scarce second pattern by WD& S (William Dowler & Son) bearing Birmingham hallmarks. The Lion with both hind legs on the tower. Original stout pin to reverse. VGC (as KK 1137) (£250 - £300)
See “The Fifth Fusiliers and its Badges” by Denis Wood, page 98, fig 447.
61     London Rifle Brigade Officer’s 1939 hallmarked silver pouch belt plate.
A very fine example by JRG&S (JR Gaunt and Sons) bearing Birmingham hallmarks to the front. Within a oak wreath, a circlet inscribed “London Rifle Brigade. South Africa 1900,’02” superimposed on crossed sword and sceptre; shield from the Royal Arms to the centre. Across the base of the wreath, a scroll inscribed “Primus in urbe” with shield from the City of London arms below. Below the Crown, a scroll inscribed “France & Flanders 1914,’18”; beneath the circlet another inscribed “Ypres 1915,’17”; four honour scrolls to either side of the wreath. Complete with HM silver backing plate. Four screw posts to reverse. VGC (£250 - £300)
62     Royal Westmoreland Light Infantry Officer’s waist belt clasp circa 1856-81.
A fine silvered example with matching numbers to both halves. Circlet inscribed “Royal Westmoreland Light Infantry”; seeded centre mounted with crowned curled bugle horn. Universal pattern rococo ends. Some wear to plating. GC (£180 - £220)
Originally formed in 1697; reorganised 29th October 1759 as Westmoreland Militia at Appleby; redesignated Royal Westmoreland Militia in 1800 and Royal Westmoreland Light Infantry in 1854. Became the 4th Battalion Border Regiment on Friday 1st July 1881.
63     1st Bn. Monmouthshire Regiment post 1925 Officer’s pouch belt plate.
A fine and scarce silvered example. Crowned laurel wreath-entwined with a multi part scroll bearing the Regiment’s honours, to the centre, the Welsh Dragon. Across the base of the wreath, a scroll inscribed “1st Battalion Monmouthshire Regt.”. Three screw posts to reverse, complete with backing plate. VGC (£150 - £250)
Design as cap badge (KK 1770) but with additional scrolls below dragon “France & Flanders 1914-18.
64     Renfrewshire Rifle Volunteers Officer’s waist belt clasp circa 1860-89.
A fine and scarce silvered example with matching numbers to both halves. Circlet inscribed “Renfrewshire Rifle Volunteers”; to the centre, Prince of Wales’s plumes on a lined ground. Universal pattern rococo ends. VGC (£150 - £200)
65     22nd (Thetford) Norfolk Rifle Volunteer Corps Officer’s pouch belt plate circa 1860.
A fine and rare well cast blackened example. Within a crowned oval strap “Norfolk Volunteer Rifles”; “22” on a seeded ground. Two screw posts to reverse (one an old replacement). Near VGC. (£200 - £300)
Raised 13th December, 1860 at Thetford. In 1861 became part of 2nd Admin. Bn. which was consolidated as 4th Norfolk RVC in July, 1872 with HQ at Norwich. Redesignated 4th VB in June 1883.
66     Dublin Metropolitan Police Mounted Division Victorian helmet plate.
A fine and rare die-stamped example. Crowned oval rope edged strap “Metropolitan Police” resting on a spray of laurel and oak; Harp to centre. Three screw posts to reverse. VGC (£800 - £1,000)
Unit comprised only 12 members commanded by an Inspector.
67     7th Surrey Rifle Volunteers Officer’s pouch belt plate circa 1859-80.
A fine and scarce silvered die-stamped example. Crowned oval strap “Seventh Surrey Rifles”; applied curled bugle over “7” to centre. One of two screw posts to reverse. Generally VGC. (£100 - £150)
Raised 30th November, 1859 at Southwark; absorbed into 26th in March 1880; became a VB of the regiment on Friday 1st July 1881; redesignated 4th VB on 1st December,1887 with HQ at Clapham Junction. Became 23rd (County of London) Battalion, London Regiment 1st April 1908.
68     Monmouthshire Rifle Volunteers Officer’s shako plate circa 1866.
A fine and very scarce short lived silvered example. Within a crowned wreath, the Garter with “36” pierced to the seeded centre. Two loops to revere. VGC (KK 1772) (£300 - £400)
69     Canada. 35th Bn. The Simcoe Foresters Officer’s helmet plate circa 1880.
A fine and scarce die-stamped white metal example of universal crowned star pattern mounted with maple wreath and circlet “Simcoe Foresters Spectemur agendo”, the voided centre with “35”. Generally VGC. (£300 - £400)
Organised in 1866. See “Canadian Militia Badges Pre 1914” by Mazeas, HP 154.
70     Oxfordshire Militia Officer’s shako plate circa 1860.
A fine and scarce example comprising a cut silvered eight pointed star, the topmost point displaced by a Crown. To the centre, within an applied silver circlet inscribed “Fortis Est Veritas”, an ox crossing a ford. Reverse retains both original loops. VGC (KK 1237) (£500 - £600)
Raised in 1697, regimented in 1759 and reorganised 31st July 1778. In 1794 500 men of the Oxford Militia mutinied over the poor conditions when barracked at East Blatchington, Seaford on the South Coast. Although provided for by the generous townsfolk, they were soon overpowered by regular troops from Fort Newhaven; 25 were arrested and the leaders executed. Oxfordshire Militia became 4th Battalion, The Oxfordshire Light Infantry on Friday 1st July 1881; redesignated 3rd Bn 14th June 1908.
This is the actual piece photographed as No. 1237 in “Head-dress Badges of the British Army”.
71     1st King George’s Own Gurkha Rifles Officer’s 1913 silver hallmarked pouch belt plate.
A very fine example by J & Co. (Jennens) bearing Birmingham hallmarks. Silver laurel wreath surmounted by a separate Crown. Laurel wreath bearing honour scrolls “Bhurtpore” “Aliwal” “Sobraon” “Tirah” “Punjab Frontier” “Afghanistan 1878-80”. To the centre, silver crossed kukris surmounted by “GRI” cypher; below the kukris a strung bugle surmounted by the numeral “1”. Below the wreath a scroll inscribed “King George’s Own Own Gurkha Rifles”. All mounted on a seeded backplate. Four screw posts to reverse. VGC (£400 - £500)
Became 1st Prince of Wales’s Own Gurkha Rifles in 1906 when he visited India, then 1st King George’s Own Gurkha Rifles when he ascended the throne upon Edward VII’s death in 1910.
72     Buckinghamshire Rifle Volunteers Officer’s waist belt clasp circa 1859-1901.
A fine and scarce silvered example by Hobson & Sons, Lexington Street, London W. Circlet inscribed “Buckinghamshire Rifle Volunteers”; lined centre with shield bearing Buckingham swan. Ornate ends. Near VGC. (£150 - £200)
Raised in 1859 at Great Marlow with HQ in Institute Road.
73     7th Gurkha Rifles Officer’s 1910 hallmarked silver pouch belt plate.
A very fine and scarce example by J & Co. bearing Birmingham hallmarks. Laurel wreath surmounted by a Crown which rests on a blank tablet; within the wreath, a Maltese cross with ball finials to the points and lions between the angles; to the centre, within a circlet inscribed “Gurkha Rifles”, crossed kukris with applied “7” between the blades. Four screw posts to reverse. VGC (£300 - £400)
74     72nd Highlanders Officer’s 1849 silver hallmarked shoulder belt plate.
A very fine and rare pre Crimean die-stamped example by J & Co. (Jennens) bearing Birmingham hallmarks. Rectangular plate, the centre bearing a Crowned thistle wreath enclosing the numerals “72”. Above the Crown, a tri-part scroll inscribed “Duke of Albany’s”; below the wreath the plate is inscribed “Own Highlanders”. Reverse retaining original fixings comprising two hooks and two studs and retains original leather backing. VGC (Parkyn 477) (£600 - £800)
72nd joined the Army in the Crimea in May, 1855 and served in the expedition to Kertch and the latter part of the Siege of Sebastopol including the assaults of 18th June and 8th September. The regiment returned to England in July, 1856. It became 1st Bn. Seaforth Highlanders on Friday 1st July, 1881 whilst under the command of Lt.Col. Charles Montizambert Stockwell (later CB and Hon. Major-General).
75     50th Foot (West Kent) 1st Battalion Officer’s shoulder belt plate circa 1809-16.
An extremely fine and rare example, the oval unmarked silver plate with applied raised and chamfered rim, further cast silver mounts comprise the Royal Crest over “50”; running behind the Royal Crest an engraved scroll “Quo Fata Vocant”. Reverse retains original fixings, comprising single hook at the top and two studs at the bottom. One fastening wire missing otherwise GC (Parkyn 397) (£800 - £1,000)
76     7th VB Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Officer’s shoulder belt plate circa 1887-1908.
A very fine and scarce silvered example by Marshall & Sons, 87 George Street, Edinburgh. Rectangular plate mounted with myrtle wreath interlaced with a wreath of butcher’s broom; within the myrtle wreath, a Boar’s head on a scroll “Ne Obliviscaris”; within the wreath of butcher’s broom , the Cat on a scroll “Sans Peur”. A label of three points above the Boar and Cat. Above the wreaths, the Coronet of Princess Louise with scroll below “Princess Louise’s”; below the wreaths, a scroll “Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders” with further scroll beneath “VII Volunteer Battn.”. Reverse complete with original fixings comprising two hooks and two studs. VGC (£250 - £350)
7th (Clackmannanshire & Kinross) VB HQ at Alloa
77     Royal Irish Rifles Militia Bns. Officer’s pouch belt plate circa 1881-1901.
A fine and scarce silver plated die-stamped example. Within a shamrock wreath surmounted by a Crown resting on a scroll inscribed “Quis Separabit”, a Maid of Erin Harp above the Sphinx resting on a tablet inscribed “Egypt”. Below the Sphinx, a strung bugle joining both sides of the wreath; a scroll across the bugle strings “Royal Irish Rifles”. Four screw posts to reverse and complete with backing plate. VGC (£250 - £350)
3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Militia Bns. of the Regt. were formerly the Royal North Down Rifles Militia; the Antrim (Queen’s Royal Rifles) Militia; the Royal South Down (Light Infantry) Militia; and the Louth (Rifles) Militia.
78     29th Infantry Brigade Bearer Company Victorian helmet plate.
A fine and exceedingly scarce white metal example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath. To the centre, a voided Geneva Cross within an applied circlet inscribed “29th Infty. Bde. Bearer Coy.”. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£300 - £400)
79     Forth Volunteer Infantry Brigade Bearer Company Victorian helmet plate.
A fine and exceedingly scarce white metal example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath. To the centre, a voided Geneva Cross within an applied circlet inscribed “Forth V.I.B Bearer Company”. Three loops to reverse. VGC (KK 1017) (£300 - £400)
This is the actual piece photographed as No. 1017 in “Head-dress Badges of the British Army”.
80     St Martin’s Loyal Volunteers OR’s shoulder belt plate circa 1798-1801.
A heavy die-stamped white metal oval plate with raised designs. Centrally the mounted figure of the saint cutting his cloak in half to give to a beggar. Title above and below “St Martin’s Loyal Volunteers”. Reverse retains original fixings, comprising a hook at the top and two studs at the bottom. Some firing faults to the lower title area and a little polishing to highpoints otherwise GC. (£200 - £300)
Raised as St Martin’s in the Fields with Major George Gledstanes as OC. The Officers’ plates were gilt.
81     6th VB Gordon Highlanders Officer’s shoulder belt plate circa 1884-1908.
A very fine and scarce silvered example. Rectangular plate mounted with silvered Thistle Star. To the centre a Stag’s head and Coronet within a thistle spray closed at the top by a scroll “Gordon Highlanders”. Above the centre an applied Sphinx resting on a blank tablet; below the centre the Tiger resting on a blank tablet. Between the base of the thistle wreath and the Tiger, an applied scroll inscribed “6th Vol. Battn”. Reverse retains original fixings comprising two hooks and two studs. Generally VGC (£250 - £350)
HQ at Keith
82     Loyal Stirling Volunteers OR’s shoulder belt plate circa 1800-1801.
The cast brass oval plate with plated finish and raised designs. Central three towered castle upon rocks and with an arboreal background. A furled scroll around the top edge “Loyal Stirling Volunteers”; at the base a Union spray. The reverse with one hook (a replacement) and two studs. (£300 - £400)
Listed as “Loyal” when first raised 1880-1801 but not so for the 1803 raising when much larger corps were formed.
83     London Scottish post 1910 Officer’s shoulder belt plate.
A fine and rare silver plated example by L & Co. Rectangular seeded plate mounted Crowned thistle wreath superimposed on the Cross of St.Andrew. Within the wreath, a circlet inscribed “London Scottish”; rampant lion mounted to centre. Reverse retains original fixings, comprising two hooks at the top and two studs at the bottom. A little service wear. VGC (£500 - £600)
Designed by Frank Seary.
84     6th Cheshire Rifle Volunteers Officer’s helmet plate circa 1878-80.
A very fine and scarce silvered example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and strap “6th Cheshire Rifle Volunteers”, the centre with gilt Prince of Wales’s plumes on a silvered ground. Three loops to reverse (pinched) otherwise GC. (£300 - £400)
85     2nd VB Manchester Regiment NCO’s helmet plate circa 1888-1901.
A fine and scarce silvered example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and circlet inscribed “Manchester 2nd Volr. Battn.”, to the centre, the Arms of Manchester. Three loops to reverse. Some surface grime. Near VGC. (£100 - £150)
Originally formed as 6th Lancashire (1st Manchester) Rifle Volunteer Corps in 1859. HQ in Stretford Road, Redesignated 2nd VB in September 1888. Became 6th Battalion in 1908.
86     1st Cheshire Rifle Volunteers Officer’s helmet plate circa 1880-87.
A fine and scarce silvered example of universal crowned star pattern mounted with laurel wreath and circlet “1st Cheshire Rifle Volunteers”, the black velvet centre bearing ducal crowned shield charged with three wheatsheaves; the shield superimposed on crossed sword and sceptre. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£250 - £350)
HQ at Oxton, Birkenhead. Redesignated 1st VB Cheshire Regiment in December 1887.
87     4th VB Norfolk Regiment OR’s helmet plate circa 1883-1901.
A good scarce white metal example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and circlet inscribed “4th Volr. Battn. Norfolk”, the centre with Britannia. Three loops to reverse. Repair to Britannia’s neck otherwise GC. (£80 - £120)
HQ at Norwich.
88     3rd VB South Staffordshire Regiment OR’s helmet plate circa 1883-1901.
A good scarce white metal example of universal crowned star pattern mounted with laurel wreath and circlet inscribed “South Staffordshire, 3rd Volr. Battn.”; Stafford Knot to centre. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£80 - £120)
HQ at Wolverhampton.
89     2nd VB Loyal North Lancashire Regiment OR’s helmet plate circa 1883-1901.
A good scarce white example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and circlet inscribed “Loyal North Lancashire 2nd Volr. Batn.”; to the centre, the Lancastrian Rose surmounted by the Royal Crest. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£80 - £120)
HQ at Bolton.
90     1st Cambridgeshire Rifle Volunteers OR’s helmet plate circa 1901-08.
A good white metal example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and strap inscribed “1st Cambridgeshire Rifle Volr. Corps”, castle to centre. Three loops to reverse. VGC (official factory conversion from Victorian example) (£75 - £125)
1st Cambridgeshire RVC formed 16th January 1860
91     1st VB Royal Sussex Regiment NCO’s helmet plate circa 1901-08.
A fine and scarce silvered example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and circlet “Royal Sussex 1st Volr. Battn”, the centre regimental Maltese cross device and Roussillon plume. Three loops to reverse which bears oval maker’s tablet of Hobson & Sons, 1, 3 & 5 Lexington St, London W. VGC (£80 - £120)
HQ at Brighton
92     2nd (Glamorgan) VB The Welch Regiment OR’s helmet plate circa 1905-08.
A fine and scarce short lived white metal example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and circlet inscribed “The Welch 2nd. V.B.”. Within the circlet, the Prince of Wales’s plumes and motto “Gwell angau na chywilydd”. Mounted on the base of the wreath, a scroll “South Africa 1900-02”. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£100 - £150)
HQ at Cardiff.
93     64th Foot (2nd Staffordshire) 1869-78 OR’s shako plate.
A good brass example. Within a Crowned laurel wreath, the Garter; the seeded centre pierced with numerals “64”. Two loops to reverse. Generally VGC. (KK 180) (£75 - £100)
This is the actual piece photographed as No. 180 in “Head-dress Badges of the British Army”.
94     27th Foot (Enniskillen) OR’s shako plate circa 1812-16.
A very rare example in thin die-stamped brass, the crowned rococo plate with “GR” over the Castle with scroll below “Enniskillen”, below this “27”. The reverse with one soft iron long loop fastener (part detached) on solder base and the remains of the other solder base. Small holes through the cross on the crown and at the base, a crease to the left hand side and lacquered overall GC (KK 19) (£900 - £1,200)
This is the actual piece photographed as No. 19 in “Head-dress Badges of the British Army”.
95     100th Foot (Royal Canadians) 1869-78 NCO’s shako plate.
A fine and scarce gilt example. Within a Crowned laurel wreath, the Garter; the seeded centre pierced with numerals “100”. Two loops to reverse. Generally GC. (£150 - £200)
Became the Leinster Regiment on Friday 1st July, 1881.
96     2nd Foot (Queen’s) Officer’s helmet plate circa 1878-81.
A very fine and scarce gilt example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and Garter, the centre with silver Paschal Lamb with “2” below on a crimson velvet ground. Three loops to reverse. One wire securing centre AF otherwise GC. (£300 - £500)
97     10th Corps (Chichester), Sussex Rifle Volunteers Officer’s pouch belt plate circa 1860.
A very fine and exceedingly scarce die-stamped gilt example. Crowned oval strap “Sussex Volunteer Rifles”; castle and “10” to centre. Three screw posts to reverse. VGC (£250 - £300)
Formed 1st March, 1860.
98     13th Foot (Somerset Light Infantry) Officer’s helmet plate circa 1878-81.
A fine and scarce gilt example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and Garter, the centre with silver strung bugle surmounted by a mural crown with “Jellalabad” above, “13” between the cords, set on a black patent leather ground. Two of three loops to reverse. Gilt dull. GC (£300 - £400)
99     Third Royal Jersey Militia Victorian Officer’s waist belt clasp.
A very fine and scarce silvered example with matching numbers to both halves. Circlet inscribed “Third Royal Jersey Regiment”; centre mounted with Arms of Jersey. Universal pattern rococo ends. Some wear to plating GC. (£200 - £300)
100     3rd VB Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment Officer’s waist belt clasp circa 1883-1900.
A very fine and scarce nickel example with matching numbers to both halves. Circlet inscribed “The Queen’s Own 3rd Volr. Battn”; centre mounted with Royal Crest. Universal pattern rococo ends. VGC (£200 - £300)
HQ at Woolwich. 1st April 1908 amalgamated with 2nd VB to become 20th Bn. The London Regiment.
101     Herefordshire Rifle Volunteers Victorian Officer’s pouch belt plate.
A fine and scarce silvered example. Laurel wreath surmounted by a Crown resting on a blank tablet. Within the wreath, a circlet inscribed “Herefordshire Rifle Volunteers” with shield from the Arms of Hereford to centre. Three screw posts to reverse. VGC (£150 - £200)
102     Royal Alderney Militia 1829-44 OR’s bell-top shako plate.
An extremely rare die-stamped brass example. Eight pointed star, the topmost point displaced by a Crown; to the central disc, a rampant lion holding a branch standing on tri-part scroll inscribed “Royal Alderney Militia”. Retains both original lead soldered iron loops. Pinhole top and bottom, several fractures between the star rays due to heavy stamping by the manufacturer. (£800 - £1,200)
This is the actual piece photographed as No. 76 in “Head-dress Badges of the British Army”.
103     5th Battalion Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment Officer's pouch belt plate circa 1908-14.
A fine and scarce silvered example. Laurel wreath surmounted by a Crown resting on a blank tablet; within the wreath, the Paschal Lamb; below the wreath, a scroll inscribed “5th Battn. The Queen's”. Three screw posts to reverse. VGC (£150 - £250)
Originally raised as several Corps from 12th September 1859; grouped as 3rd Admin Battalion at Dorking 8th September 1860. Became 5th Surrey RV’s in 1880 and renumbered as 4th later that year. Became a VB of the Royal West Surrey Regiment on Friday 1st July 1881 and were redesignated as 2nd VB on 1st March 1883. Reorganised as 5th Battalion 1st April 1908.
104     16th (Service) Middlesex Regiment WWI piper’s headdress badge.
A very fine and rare die-stamped bi-metal example. White metal oval “The Die-Hards Rich’s Duthaich”, countersunk at 3 and 9 o’clock to house the ends of the central cap badge’s title scroll. Two loops to reverse. VGC (£400 - £600)
According to JB Peter’s article “Piper’s Head dress Badges” MHS Bulletin, November 1961, it was worn 1915-1919 by only nine pipers whose names appear in “The Pipes at War” published 1920.
105     33rd (Tottenham & Edmonton) Middlesex Rifle Volunteers OR’s pouch belt plate circa 1890.
A fine and scarce die-stamped bronzed example. Set on a cross with a beaded edge, a circlet “33 Middlesex”; cypher to lined centre. Raised boss on each arm of the cross. Two screw posts to reverse. VGC (£150 - £200)
Formed 12th February, 1860.
106     5th (Portsmouth) Hampshire Rifle Volunteers Officer’s headdress badge circa 1860.
A very fine and rare silvered cast example . Strung bugle surmounted by scroll “Hants Rifles” ; star and crescent (Arms of Portsmouth) atop the scroll; “5” between the bugle cords. Two loops to reverse. VGC (£200 - £300)
Formed 18th February 1860 at Portsmouth and from July 1861 known as “Portsmouth Rifle Volunteer Corps”. Became part of 3rd Corps which was redesignated 3rd VB Hampshire Regiment on 18th August 1885. HQ at Portsmouth.
107     60th & 61st Highland Companies, Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteers bonnet badge circa 1860-68.
A fine and scarce lightly silvered die-stamped white metal example. Rampant lion mounted on oval strap “Dia agus ar duthaigh”. Two long wire loop fasteners to reverse. VGC (£150 - £200)
Both companies formed 18th February, 1860 from Highlanders resident in Glasgow. Became part of 4th Corps in July, 1861 as G and H Companies.
108     5th (Isle of Wight) VB Hampshire Regiment OR’s glengarry badge circa 1885-1901.
A good scarce die-stamped blackened brass example. Crowned circlet “5th (I.W.P.B) Vol Batn. Hants Regt.”; Tower of Carisbrooke Castle to centre. Two loops to reverse. VGC (£100 - £150)
HQ Newport, Isle of Wight
109     New Zealand Rifle Volunteers Victorian OR’s glengarry badge.
A good scarce die-stamped white metal example, Crowned strap “Rifle Volunteers’ with “NZ” to voided centre. Three loops (pinched|) to reverse, VGC (£100 - £200)
110     5th Devon (Upper Culm Vale) Rifle Volunteers OR’s glengarry badge circa 1860.
A good scarce die-stamped brass example. Strung bugle with ornate scrolls inscribed “Devon U.C.V.R.” with “V” beneath the “Devon”. Across the strings, a tri-part scroll inscribed “Ready and faithful”. Retains all three original loops to reverse. Bugle tassels are old replacements; fracture to right string of bugle middle scroll. (£120 - £150)
Raised in 1860 and became part of 1st Administration Battalion later that year
111     Royal North Down Militia shako plate circa 1870.
A good scarce OR’s blackened brass example. Crowned curled bugle with gilt metal “77” in the curl. Two loops to reverse (pinched). Excessive lead solder to reverse securing numerals. GC (£300 - £400)
Raised in 1793 as Down Militia; in 1797 divided into North and South. North Down Militia redesignated Royal North Downshire Militia in 1800, the ‘shire’ being dropped by 1840. In 1855 redesignated Rifles; became 3rd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles on Friday 1st July 1881.
This is the actual piece photographed as No. 1276 in “Head-dress Badges of the British Army”.
112     2nd (Wareham) Corps, Dorsetshire Rifle Volunteers OR’s shako plate circa 1860.
A fine and exceedingly scarce die-stamped blackened brass example of crowned star pattern bearing Garter with applied Arms of Wareham to centre. Two loops to reverse (one split). VGC (£250 - £300)
Formed 28th January, 1860 at Wareham.
113     9th Corps (Shaftesbury), Dorsetshire Rifle Volunteers OR’s shako plate circa 1860.
A fine and exceedingly scarce die-stamped blackened brass example of crowned star pattern bearing Garter with applied Arms of Shaftesbury to centre. Two loops to reverse. VGC (£250 - £300)
Formed 10th March 1860 at Shaftesbury.
114     12th Foot (East Suffolk) OR’s cross belt plate circa 1830-55.
A very rare example in heavily die-stamped brass the rectangular plate with raised designs. The crown over “XII” over a tri-part scroll, “Gibraltar Minden Seringapatam”. The reverse now fitted with four small loops (one absent) but the bases of the post 1829 broad tangs are still evident. (£400 - £500)
115     Royal Herefordshire Militia OR’s glengarry badge circa 1874-81.
A good scarce white metal example. Crowned strap inscribed “Herefordshire Militia” with Arms of Hereford to the centre. Two loops to reverse. VGC (£100 - £125)
Became 4th Bn. King’s (Shropshire Light Infantry) on Friday 1st July, 1881.
116     1st (Romford) Essex Rifle Volunteers NCO’s pouch belt plate circa 1860.
A scarce bronzed crowned star composite example mounted with white metal strap “1st Essex Rifle Volunteers”; centre with castle (from the Arms of Romford) on lined ground. Three screw posts to reverse. GC (£150 - £200)
Raised in Romford 1860.
117     3rd Cheshire Rifle Volunteers Officer’s shako plate circa 1860.
A fine and scarce die-stamped silvered example of crowned star pattern bearing strap “Cheshire Rifle Volunteers” with “3” to black cloth centre. Two loops to reverse (pinched). Central backing plate modern replacement. (£200 - £300)
118     34th (Deptford) Kent Rifle Volunteers Officer’s shako plate circa 1860.
A fine and scarce die-stamped blackened example of crowned star pattern mounted with White Horse of Kent over “34”. Two loops to reverse. VGC (£200 - £300)
Formed 23rd March, 1860 at Deptford. Part of 1st Admin. Bn. which was consolidated as 3rd Kent (West Kent) RVC in April 1880.
119     2nd PWO Gurkha Rifles Victorian Officer’s pouch belt plate.
A fine and scarce die-stamped blackened example. Crowned oval inscribed “Prince of Wales Own Goorkhas”. Crossed kukris extending across the plate mounted with Prince of Wales' plumes. Between the angles of the kukris, scrolls inscribed “Bhurtpore” “Sobraon” “Delhi” “Aliwal”. Three screw post to reverse. VGC (£400 - £500)
120     16th Corps (Battle), Sussex Rifle Volunteers Officer’s pouch belt plate circa 1860.
A very fine and exceedingly scarce die-stamped blackened brass example. Laurel wreath surmounted by a crown resting on a blank tablet; applied silvered castle to centre on a seeded backing plate. Four screw posts to reverse. VGC (£250 - £300)
Formed 19th May, 1860; transferred to 1st Cinque Ports Admin Bn. in December 1861 and absorbed into 1st Cinque Ports Corps in 1876;
121     Canada. 63rd Halifax Rifles post 1882 plate.
A fine and scarce die-stamped white metal example, blackened and with burnished highlights. Maple wreath surmounted by a crown resting on a scroll “Halifax Rifles”; to the centre an eight pointed star bearing “63” on “Cede nullis” scroll from which hangs a bugle; maple leaf inscribed “Canada” within the curl of the bugle. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£80 - £120)
See “Canadian Militia Badges Pre 1914” by Mazeas, SBP 219
122     1st Staffordshire Rifle Volunteers Officer’s helmet plate circa 1878-83.
A fine and scarce silvered example of universal crowned star pattern mounted with laurel wreath and strap “First Staffordshire R.V.”, the centre with strung bugle on a black velvet ground. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£300 - £400)
HQ at Handsworth. Redesignated 1st VB South Staffordshire Regiment in May 1883.
123     80th Lancashire RV (Liverpool Press Guard) Officer’s helmet plate circa 1878-80.
A fine and scarce silvered example of universal crowned star pattern mounted with laurel wreath and strap inscribed “80th Lancashire Rifle Volunteers”, the centre with flaming grenade on a black velvet ground. On tail of the strap, an applied rose. Three loops to reverse. Slight crease to three star tips otherwise GC. (£300 - £400)
Formed 8th January 1861 adopting the title “Liverpool Press Guard” the following year. Became 19th Corps in 1880.
124     1st Hampshire Rifle Volunteers Officer’s helmet plate circa 1878-85.
A fine and scarce silvered example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and strap “1st Hants. Rifle Volunteers”, to the centre a silver strung bugle on a black velvet ground. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£400 - £500)
1st Hampshire RV became a VB of the regiment on Friday 1st July 1881, redesignated 1st VB on 18th August 1885. HQ at Winchester. Many of its members served in the Boer War resulting in the Battalion being awarded the honour “South Africa 1900-02” in 1905. Became 4th Battalion in 1908.
125     King’s Own 2nd Staffordshire Militia Officer’s helmet plate circa 1878-81.
A very fine and scarce short lived silvered example of universal crowned star pattern mounted with laurel wreath and “King’s Own 2nd Staffordshire Militia” circlet, the centre with gilt Royal Crest on a black velvet ground. . Three loops to reverse. Some wear to gilt and velvet otherwise. VGC (KK 1252) (£400 - £500)
Raised 5th January 1853 at Lichfield, became 3rd Bn. North Staffordshire Regiment on Friday 1st July, 1881.
This is the actual piece photographed as No. 1252 in “Head-dress Badges of the British Army”.
126     2nd VB Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry Officer’s helmet plate circa 1885-1901.
A very fine and scarce silvered example with oval Hobson & Sons, 1, 3 & 5 Lexington Street, London W. plate to reverse. Universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and Garter, the centre with strung bugle mounted with silver turreted archway and feathers with red cloth insets set on a black velvet ground. To the base of the wreath, an applied silver scroll inscribed “The Duke of Cornwall’s Lt. Infy.” with additional scroll beneath “2nd Volunteer Battalion” . Three loops to reverse. VGC (£300 - £400)
HQ at Bodmin.
127     5th VB Durham Light Infantry Officer’s helmet plate circa 1887-1901.
A fine and scarce silvered example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and Garter, the centre with silver strung bugle on a black velvet ground. To the base of the wreath, an applied silver scroll “The Durham Light Infantry” with additional scroll below inscribed “5th Volunteer Battalion”. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£200 - £250)
Designated as 5th VB 1st December 1887. HQ at Gateshead.
128     1st VB East Lancashire Regiment Officer’s helmet plate circa 1889-1901.
A fine and scarce silvered example of universal crowned star pattern mounted with laurel wreath and Garter, the black velvet centre with Sphinx on “Egypt” tablet. To the base of the wreath, an applied tri-part scroll “The East Lancashire Regiment” with another below “1st Volunteer Battalion”. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£250 - £350)
HQ at Blackburn
129     4th Caithness Rifle Volunteers Officer’s helmet plate circa 1879-80.
A fine and scarce silvered example of universal crowned star pattern mounted with laurel wreath and strap “4th Caithness Rifle Volunteers”, the centre with Prince of Wales’s plumes on a black velvet ground. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£300 - £400)
Formed 23rd September, 1867 at Watten and came under 1st Admin. Bn. Sutherland RV.
130     3rd VB Bedfordshire Regiment Officer’s helmet plate circa 1887-1901.
A good scarce silvered composite example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and Garter, the centre with star bearing Maltese cross with stag to central black cloth ground. To the base of the wreath, an applied tri-part scroll “The Bedfordshire Regt.” with an additional scroll below inscribed “3rd Volunteer Battalion”. Three loops to reverse. Blue enamel backing to stag absent otherwise GC. (£250 - £350)
HQ at Bedford.
131     Cumberland Rifle Volunteers Victorian Officer’s waist belt clasp.
A good scarce nickel example. Circlet inscribed “In defence”; centre bearing cross with rose between each arm being the first Arms of Carlisle. Universal pattern rococo ends. VGC (£200 - £250)
HQ at Carlisle.
132     Denbighshire Rifle Volunteers OR’s waist belt clasp circa 1880-84.
A fine and scarce white metal example. Circlet inscribed “Denbighshire Rifle Volunteers”; Dragon to centre. Plain ends. VGC (£150 - £200)
1st Admin. Bn. Denbighshire Rifle Volunteers formed 10th September 1860 with HQ at Ruabon. Consolidated as 1st Denbighshire Rifle Volunteer Corps in 1880; redesignated 1st VB Royal Welsh Fusiliers in June 1884.
133     3rd VB South Wales Borderers Officer’s waist belt clasp circa 1885-1901.
A good scarce nickel plated example with matching numbers to both halves. Circlet inscribed “3rd Volr Battn. South Wales Borderers”; gilt metal Dragon within laurel wreath mounted on the seeded centre. Universal pattern rococo ends. GC (£150 - £200)
HQ at Pontypool.
134     Herefordshire Rifle Volunteers Victorian Officer’s waist belt clasp.
A fine and scarce silvered example. Circlet inscribed “Herefordshire Rifle Volunteers”; centre mounted with Crowned “69”. Universal pattern rococo ends. VGC (£150 - £200)
69 being the county’s precedence in the Rifle Volunteers.
135     Royal Berkshire Militia Officer’s glengarry badge circa 1874-81.
A scarce cast silvered example. Within an oak wreath, a stag under an oak tree. Stout pin to reverse. VGC (£100 - £150)
Originally raised in 1640 at Reading as the Berkshire Militia. Redesigned as Royal Berkshire Militia in 1760 having been reorganised on 6th June 1759. Became 3rd Bn. Royal Berkshire Regt. on 1st July 1881.
136     2nd VB Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry Officer’s waist belt clasp circa 1885-1901.
A very fine and scarce silvered example by Hobson & Sons, Lexington St, London W. Circlet inscribed “The Duke of Cornwall’s Lt. Infy. 2nd Volr. Battn”; seeded centre mounted with ducal crowned strung bugle. Oakleaf ends. Generally VGC (£200 - £300)
HQ at Bodmin.
137     Cloak chain attributed to the Dublin Metropolitan Police.
A fine and scarce silvered example; each end in the form of a large shamrock ornamented by smaller shamrocks; three loops to reverse of each. Joined together by chain. VGC (£150 - £200)
138     First Devon Militia OR’s shako plate circa 1855-61.
A very fine and scarce die-stamped white metal example of universal crowned star pattern bearing circlet “First Devon Militia” with Exeter Castle and “Semper fidelis” to lined centre. Two lead soldered replacement loops to reverse. VGC (£180 - £220)
139     Royal North Gloucester Militia Officer’s shako plate circa 1861-69.
A fine and scarce silvered example of Crowned star pattern mounted with a circlet inscribed “Royal North Gloucester Militia”; VR Cypher on the domed centre. Reverse retains both original loops. VGC (£300 - £400)
140     Craigelachie Grantown Strathspey Volunteers OR’s shoulder belt plate circa 1797-1801 and 1803-08.
A very scarce example comprising an oval brass plate with impressed designs. Central crown with thistle and rose sprigs below. Above the crown the crest of the Grant Family, a burning mountain proper. Around the edge “Craigelachie Grantown Strathspey Volunteers”. Reverse retains original fixings, comprising a hook at the top and two studs at the bottom. GC (£300 - £400)
Inverness-shire unit initially shown as “Grantown” under the main heading “Strathspey”. In 1803 as the Strathspey Rthiermurchus and Kincairn Battalion”. OC Major Commandant John Peter Grant.
141     49th Middlesex Rifle Volunteers Officer’s pouch belt plate circa 1875.
A fine and scarce die-stamped silvered example. Oval strap “49th Middlesex Rifle Volunteers”; to the centre a crown in high relief. Three screw posts to reverse. VGC (£150 - £200)
142     Australia. St. George’s English Rifle Regiment helmet plate circa 1903.
A good scarce die-stamped white metal example. Crowned wattle wreath with St. George and Dragon to centre. Two of three loops to reverse. Fracture to base of wreath, crown poorly attached on one side. (£250 - £300)
New South Wales unit formed 31st October, 1903.
143     Brighton College Volunteers pouch belt plate circa 1900-08.
A good exceedingly scarce die-stamped example. Silvered Garter Star mounted with gilt metal circlet “Brighton College Volunteers” surmounted by a Greek motto. Centre with cross bearing dolphins etc. Two screw posts to reverse. GC (£150 - £200)
Formed in 1900 and attached to 1st VB Royal Sussex Regiment.
144     Rajputana Rifles post 1922 Officer’s pouch belt plate.
A fine die-stamped silvered example. Laurel wreath surmounted by a Crown resting on a tablet inscribed “Bourbon”; the wreath bearing numerous honour scrolls. Within the wreath, a Maltese cross with lions between the angles and RR cypher to rope edged centre; the arms of the cross ornamented with further battle honours. Retains backing plate and four screw posts to reverse. VGC (£150 - £200)
145     2nd West Yorkshire Artillery Volunteers OR’s helmet plate circa 1878-1901.
A good scarce example. White metal Royal Arms with scroll below inscribed “2nd”. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “West York Artillery Vol’s.”. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£100 - £150)
Formed 10th October 1860 at Bradford.
146     4th West Yorkshire Artillery Volunteers Officer’s helmet plate circa 1878-1901.
A good scarce example. Silvered Royal Arms, pierced around the shield, with scroll below inscribed “4th”. Below the scroll, a gun with mounted wheel resting on a scroll “West York Artillery Vol’s.”. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£180 - £300)
Formed 6th February, 1861 at Sheffield. Subtitle “Sheffield” authorised in 1864.
147     1st Fifeshire Artillery Volunteers OR’s helmet plate circa 1891-1901.
A good scarce example. White metal Royal Arms with scroll below inscribed “1st”. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “Fifeshire Artillery Volunteers”. Three loops (pinched) to reverse. VGC (£150 - £200)
148     1st Essex Artillery Volunteers Officer’s or senior NCO’s helmet plate circa 1878-1901.
A good scarce example with oval Hobson & Sons, 1, 3 & 5 Lexington Street, London W. tablet to reverse. Silvered Royal Arms with scroll below inscribed “1st Essex”. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “Volunteer Artillery”. Three loops to reverse. Some wear to plating. GC (£120 - £150)
Formed 18th February, 1860 at Harwich.
149     1st Norfolk Artillery Volunteers OR’s helmet plate circa 1878-1901.
A good scarce example. White metal Royal Arms with scroll below inscribed “First”. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “Norfolk Artillery”. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£100 - £150)
Formed 29th September, 1859 at Great Yarmouth.
150     1st Lancashire Artillery Volunteers Officer’s helmet plate circa 1901-08.
A good scarce example. Silvered Royal Arms with scroll below inscribed “First”. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “Lancashire Artillery Volunteers”. Three loops to reverse. Silver plating worn otherwise GC. (£100 - £150)
151     2nd Lancashire Artillery Volunteers OR’s helmet plate circa 1878-1901.
A good scarce example. White metal Royal Arms with scroll below inscribed “Second”. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “Lancashire Artillery Volunteers”. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£100 - £150)
152     3rd Lancashire Artillery Volunteers OR’s helmet plate circa 1878-1901.
A good scarce example. White metal Royal Arms with scroll below inscribed “3rd”. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “Lancashire Artillery Volunteers”. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£100 - £150)
153     7th Lancashire Artillery Volunteers OR’s helmet plate circa 1878-1901.
A good scarce example. White metal Royal Arms with scroll below inscribed “7th”. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “Lancashire Artillery Volunteers”. Two loops to reverse. VGC (£100 - £150)
154     8th Lancashire Artillery Volunteers Officer’s or senior NCO’s helmet plate circa 1878-1901.
A good scarce example with oval Hobson & Sons, 1, 3 & 5 Lexington Street, London W. tablet to reverse. Silvered Royal Arms with applied scroll below engraved “Eighth” (which covers the original “First” scroll). Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “Lancashire Artillery Volunteers”. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£150 - £200)
155     9th Lancashire Artillery Volunteers Officer’s helmet plate circa 1878-1901.
A good scarce example with oval Hobson & Sons, 1, 3 & 5 Lexington Street, London W. tablet to reverse. Frosted silvered Royal Arms with scroll below inscribed “9th”. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “Lancashire Artillery Volunteers”. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£150 - £200)
156     15th Lancashire Artillery Volunteers OR’s helmet plate circa 1878-80.
A good scarce example. White metal Royal Arms with scroll below inscribed “15th”. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “Lancashire Artillery Volunteers”. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£150 - £200)
Formed 26th April, 1860 at Garston.
157     2nd Middlesex Artillery Volunteers OR’s helmet plate circa 1878-1901.
A good scarce example. White metal Royal Arms with scroll below bearing laurel spray. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “Second Middlesex Artillery”. Four loops to reverse. VGC (£100 - £150)
Formed 26th April, 1861 at Customs House. HQ moved to Artillery Barracks, Leonard Street in 1890.
158     2nd Middlesex Artillery Volunteers OR’s helmet plate circa 1878-1901.
A good scarce example. White metal Royal Arms with blank scroll below. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “Second Middlesex Artillery”. Four loops to reverse. VGC (£100 - £150)
Formed 26th April, 1861 at Customs House. HQ moved to Artillery Barracks, Leonard Street in 1890.
159     1st Northumberland Artillery Volunteers OR’s helmet plate circa 1878-1901.
A good scarce example. White metal Royal Arms with scroll below inscribed “First”. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “Northumberland Artillery Vols”. Three replacement loops to reverse. VGC (£100 - £150)
Formed 16th August, 1859 at Tynemouth.
160     2nd (Percy) Northumberland Artillery Volunteers OR’s helmet plate circa 1878-1901.
A good scarce example. White metal Royal Arms with scroll below inscribed “2nd”. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “Northumberland (Percy) Artillery Vols”. Three replacement loops to reverse. GC (£100 - £150)
Duke of Northumberland became Honorary Colonel in 1865 resulting in permission to include Percy” in the title form 11th April, 1866.
161     Hampshire Artillery Volunteers OR’s helmet plate circa 1878-1901.
A good scarce example. White metal Royal Arms with scroll below bearing laurel spray. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “Hants Artillery Volunteers”. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£100 - £150)
162     1st Staffordshire Artillery Volunteers OR’s helmet plate circa 1878-1901.
A good scarce example. White metal Royal Arms with scroll below inscribed “First”. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “Staffordshire Artillery Volunteers”. Three loops to reverse. Title scroll a little bent otherwise GC. (£100 - £150)
163     1st Argyle & Bute Artillery Volunteers OR’s helmet plate circa 1880-1901.
A good scarce example. White metal Royal Arms with scroll below inscribed “First”. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “Argyle & Bute Artillery Volrs”. Two loops to reverse. VGC (£150 - £200)
164     1st Admin. Brigade Argyll & Bute Artillery Volunteers Officer’s helmet plate circa 1878-80.
A good scarce short lived example. Silvered Royal Arms, pierced around the shield, with scroll below inscribed “1st A.D. Brig”. Below the scroll, a gun with mounted wheel resting on a scroll “Argyll & Bute Artillery Volunteers”. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£200 - £300)
165     1st Midlothian Coast Artillery Volunteers OR’s helmet plate circa 1878-88.
A good scarce example. White metal Royal Arms with scroll below inscribed “First”. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “Midlothian Coast Artillery Vols”. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£100 - £150)
166     Orkney Artillery Volunteers OR’s helmet plate circa 1880-1900.
A good scarce example. White metal Royal Arms with scroll below bearing laurel spray. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “Orkney Artillery Volunteers”. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£150 - £200)
167     1st Cornwall Artillery Volunteers OR’s helmet plate circa 1878-1901.
A good scarce example. White metal Royal Arms with scroll below inscribed “1st”. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “Cornwall Artillery Vols”. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£150 - £200)
168     1st Devon Artillery Volunteers OR’s helmet plate circa 1878-1901.
A good scarce example. White metal Royal Arms with scroll below inscribed “First”. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “Devon Artillery Volunteers”. Three replacement loops to reverse. GC (£100 - £150)
169     Kent Artillery Volunteers Officer’s helmet plate circa 1901-08.
A good scarce example. Silvered Royal Arms, pierced around the shield, with scroll bearing laurel spray. Below the scroll, a gun with mounted wheel resting on a scroll “Kent Artillery Volunteers”. Three loops to reverse. Lacquered GC (£150 - £200)
170     1st Lanarkshire Artillery Volunteers OR’s helmet plate circa 1878-1901.
A good scarce example. White metal Royal Arms with scroll below inscribed “1st”. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “Lanarkshire Artillery Vols”. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£150 - £200)
Formed 30th December, 1859 at Glasgow.
171     1st Cumberland Artillery Volunteers OR’s helmet plate circa 1880-1901.
A good scarce example. White metal Royal Arms with scroll below inscribed “1st”. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “Cumberland Artillery Vols”. Three loops to reverse. GC (£100 - £150)
Comprised four batteries: No.1 at Whitehaven, No. 2 & 4 at Carlise, No. 3 at Maryport.
172     Cinque Ports Artillery Volunteers OR’s helmet plate circa 1878-1901.
A good scarce example. White metal Royal Arms with scroll below bearing laurel spray. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “Cinque Ports Artillery Vols”. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£100 - £150)
1st Corps formed 6th January, 1860 at Dover.
173     1st Sussex Artillery Volunteers Victorian Officer’s or senior NCO’s helmet plate.
A good scarce example with oval Hobson & Sons, 1, 3 & 5 Lexington Street, London W. tablet to reverse. Silvered Royal Arms with scroll below inscribed “First”. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “Sussex Artillery Volunteers”. Three loops to reverse. GC (£150 - £200)
HQ at Brighton.
174     2nd East Yorks RGA Volunteers Officer’s or senior NCO’s helmet plate circa 1901-08.
A good scarce example with oval Hobson & Sons, 1, 3 & 5 Lexington Street, London W. tablet to reverse. Silvered Royal Arms with scroll below inscribed “Second”. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “East Yorks RGA Volunteers”. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£150 - £200)
175     1st East York Artillery Volunteers OR’s helmet plate circa 1880-1901.
A good scarce example. White metal Royal Arms with scroll below inscribed “First”. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “East York Artillery”. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£100 - £150)
Formed 9th December 1859 at Bridlington; HQ later moved to Scarborough.
176     1st Ayrshire & Galloway Artillery Volunteers OR’s helmet plate circa 1880-1901.
A good scarce example. White metal Royal Arms with scroll below inscribed “1st”. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “Ayrshire & Galloway Artillery Vols”. Three loops to reverse. GC (£150 - £200)
Formed 22nd December, 1859 at Irvine. HQ moved to Ayr in 1863 and thence to Kilmarnock in 1889.
177     4th Lancashire Artillery Volunteers OR’s helmet plate circa 1878-1901.
A good scarce example. White metal Royal Arms with scroll below inscribed “4th”. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “Lancashire Artillery Volunteers”. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£100 - £150)
178     5th Lancashire Artillery Volunteers OR’s helmet plate circa 1878-1901.
A good scarce example. White metal Royal Arms with scroll below inscribed “5th”. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “Lancashire Artillery Volunteers”. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£100 - £150)
179     Aberdeenshire Artillery Volunteers Officer’s helmet or sabretache plate circa 1878-1901.
A good scarce example with oval Hobson & Sons, 1, 3 & 5 Lexington Street, London W. tablet to reverse. Silvered Royal Arms with scroll below bearing laurel spray. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “Aberdeenshire Artillery Volunteers”. Four screw posts to reverse. VGC (£150 - £200)
HQ at Aberdeen.
180     2nd Sussex Artillery Volunteers Officer’s sabretache plate circa 1878-80.
A good scarce example with oval Hobson & Sons, 1, 3 & 5 Lexington Street, London W. tablet to reverse. Silvered Royal Arms with scroll below bearing laurel spray. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “2nd Sussex Artillery Volunteers”. Three of eight screw posts to reverse. GC (£150 - £200)
Formed at Fairlight on 13th March, 1860.
181     2 x Artillery Volunteers Officer’s helmet plates circa 1878-80.
Both general patterns. One being silvered Royal Arms with scroll below bearing laurel spray. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “Quo fas et gloria ducunt”, the other similar but scroll inscribed “Artillery Volunteers”. Three loops to reverse of each. Both generally VGC (2 items) (£100 - £150)
182     2 x Artillery Volunteers OR’s helmet plates circa 1878-80.
Both general patterns. One being white metal Royal Arms with scroll below bearing laurel spray. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “Volunteer Artillery ”, the other similar but scroll beneath Royal Arms blank. Three loops to reverse of each. First VGC, the second GC. (2 items) (£100 - £150)
183     2 x Artillery Volunteers Officer’s sabretache plates circa 1878-80.
Both general patterns. One being silvered Royal Arms with scroll below blank. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “Quo fas et gloria ducunt”, the other similar but without any blank scroll. Numerous screw posts to reverse of each. Both GC (2 items) (£100 - £150)
184     Artillery Volunteers Officer’s helmet plate and a sabretache plate.
Both general patterns. 1901-08 helmet plate being silvered Royal Arms, pierced around the shield, with applied scroll below bearing laurel spray (over Ubique scroll). Below the scroll, a gun with mounted wheel resting on a scroll “Quo fas et gloria ducunt”. Three loops to reverse. VGC ... together with an 1878-1901 sabretache plate of similar design but not pierced and with blank scroll below the Royal Arms. Four old replacement screw posts to reverse. GC (2 items) (£100 - £150)
185     2 x Artillery Volunteers Officer’s busby plume holders circa 1859-78.
Both silver plated flaming grenade general patterns. The ball of one mounted with a gun within a laurel wreath; the other mounted with Royal Arms over a gun resting on a scroll “Quo fas et gloria ducunt”. Both retain plume holder and slider fittings; both complete with white hair plume, the first plume with sliding collar ring, the second with incorrect ring. Both generally VGC. (2 items) (£100 - £150)
186     Gordon Highlanders Staff glengarry badge and 2 x RA bullion badges.
A nickel example. Within an ivy wreath bearing the legend “Bydand” across the base, the crest of the Marquis of Huntly (in relief, a stag’s head with antlers, coronet below). Stout pin to reverse. Antlers pushed together and down as was the fashion with some wearers. GC ... together with two Royal Artillery Officer’s bullion beret or field service cap badges. (3 items) (£30 - £50)
187     Jamaica. St. Elizabeth Infantry Militia Victorian helmet plate.
A good scarce die-stamped brass example comprising the Arms of Jamaica surmounted by a Crown resting on spread “SEIM” cypher. Two loops to reverse. VGC (£150 - £200)
188     Australia. Tasmanian Local Forces post 1881 OR’s helmet plate.
A fine and scarce die-stamped white metal example. On an eight pointed star, a crowned circlet “Tasmanian Local Forces” resting in an open wreath; Lion to centre on lined ground. Two loops to reverse. VGC (£300 - £400)
189     Jamaica. Kingston Volunteer Militia Victorian Officer’s helmet plate.
A good scarce die-stamped silver plated example comprising the Arms of Jamaica surmounted by a Crown resting on spread “KVM” cypher. Two loops to reverse. VGC (£150 - £200)
190     1914 Falkland Islands Volunteer Corps silver award.
A fine and scarce heavy silver example by F & S bearing Birmingham hallmarks for 1926. Design follows that of the unit’s cap badge viz. a shield diagonally divided, above, the stern of the ship “Desire”; below, a Sea Lion. The shield surrounded with roped motto scroll “Desire the Right”. Stout pin to reverse which bears the legend “Falkland Islands Volunteer Corps 1914” and is engraved with the recipient’s name “Pte. T. McKay”. VGC (£200 - £300)
Formed in 1892 upon the disbandment of the Falkland Islands Garrison Company of Royal Marines; mobilised 1st November 1914; disbanded in 1919; reformed as Falkland Islands Defence Force in 1920.
191     2nd VB Somerset Light Infantry post 1881 glengarry badge.
A good OR’s white metal example. Within a Crowned circlet inscribed “2nd V.B Somerset L.I.”; a strung bugle, mural crown and Sphinx. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£50 - £75)
HQ at Taunton.
192     1st VB Shropshire Light Infantry OR’s glengarry badge circa 1887-1901.
A fine die-stamped white metal example. Crowned circlet inscribed “1st Volr. Battn. Shropshire”; strung bugle to centre. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£50 - £75)
HQ at Shrewsbury.
193     Somaliland Camel Corps rare 1929 hallmarked silver cap badge.
Fine die-cast example by F & S (Firmin & Sons) bearing 1929 Birmingham hallmarks. Antelope’s head resting in a scroll “Somaliland Camel Corps”. Two loops to reverse. VGC (£300 - £350)
Several detachments successfully equipped with armoured cars during the Abyssinian campaign so became an armoured car regiment in 1943. The askaris mutinied in June 1944 so unit disbanded in September.
194     Canada. Brigade of Quebec Garrison Artillery plate circa 1871.
A fine rare die-stamped brass example. Within a wreath, half oak, half maple, a crowned oval strap “Brigade of Quebec Garrison”; the centre quartered with pile of cannon balls, three lions, three guns and demi-lion holding flag. Across the base of the wreath a scroll “In hoc signo vinces”. Five screw to reverse. VGC (£200 - £300)
See “Canadian Militia Badges Pre 1914” by Mazeas, HP 12.
195     Australia. New South Wales Permanent Artillery post 1871 OR’s helmet plate.
A fine and scarce die-stamped brass example. Within a crowned laurel wreath, a circlet “New South Wales Artillery”; flaming grenade to seeded centre. Three slightly pinched loops to reverse. VGC (£300 - £400)
Unit in existence 1st August 1871 to 8t July 1893.
196     New Zealand. 2nd Wellington (West Coast) Rifle Volunteers helmet plate circa 1901-11.
A fine scarce OR’s die-stamped brass example. Resting in a fern wreath, an oval strap inscribed “2nd Wellington (West Coast) R.V.” surmounted by the Royal Crest. To the centre, the crest of the Duke of Wellington. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£200 - £300)
197     Bombay Volunteer Artillery Victorian helmet plate.
A very fine rare die-stamped example. White metal Royal Arms with scroll below inscribed “Bombay”. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “Volunteer Artillery”. Two loops to reverse. VGC (£300 - £500)
198     South Africa. Cape Artillery and Engineer Volunteers OR’s helmet plate circa 1891-97.

A fine and scarce die-stamped white metal example. Arms of Cape Colony with applied scroll “CA & EV”. Two loops to reverse. VGC (see Owen 139) (£150 - £200)
Formed in 1891 under the command of Major le Vicomte de Montfort with 320 all ranks.
199     Prince Alfred’s Own Cape Volunteer Artillery plate circa 1870-99.
A good scarce example. White metal Cape Arms with scroll below inscribed “26 August 1857”. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “P.A.O.C.V. Artillery”. Three loops to reverse. Generally VGC. (£100 - £150)
Cape Town Volunteer Artillery formed at the Town House, Greenmarket Square, Cape Town 26th August 1857, thus the oldest volunteer artillery unit in the world after the HAC. Its first commanding officer was a Portuguese nobleman, Major Chevalier Alfredo Duprat. During the Royal Visit of HRH Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh in 1867, the Prince was most impressed by the regiment and he decreed the unit should carry the additional title “Prince Alfred’s Own”. Unusually for an artillery unit, it was presented with a King’s Colour in 1904.
200     1st Essex Artillery Volunteers Victorian OR’s helmet plate.
A good scarce example. White metal Royal Arms with scroll below inscribed “1st Essex”. Below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “Volunteer Artillery”. Three loops to reverse. GC (£100 - £150)
Formed 18th February, 1860 at Harwich.
201     Royal Artillery Officer’s post 1901 helmet plate.
A fine gilt example. The Royal Arms in gilt with piercing around the shield and with “Ubique” scroll below. Below the scroll, a gun with mounted wheel resting on a scroll inscribed “Quo fas et gloria ducunt”. Three loops to reverse. ** Please note this plate appears to have been converted from a Victorian example whilst in service although inexplicably with a plain Crown rather than the Royal Crest. (£30 - £40)
202     Gordon Highlanders post 1881 Officer’s shoulder belt plate.
A fine example comprising a burnished gilt rectangular plate mounted with silver Thistle Star. To the centre, a Stag’s head and Coronet within a title strap with thistle spray base. Above the centre, an applied Sphinx resting on a tablet inscribed “Egypt”; below the centre, the Tiger on a tablet inscribed “India”. Reverse retains original fixings comprising two hooks and two studs. Slight wear to gilt. GC (£100 - £150)
203     Gordon Highlanders post 1881 Officer’s waist belt plate.
A good example by R & HB Kirkwood of Thistle Street, Edinburgh comprising a gilt rectangular plate mounted with silver saltire; on the saltire an open thistle wreath, an arched scroll inscribed “Gordon Highlanders” closing the wreath. On the saltire, the Sphinx resting on a tablet inscribed “Egypt” with Tiger on a tablet inscribed “India”. Fixed belt loop present, detachable belt loop now absent, traces of gilt only. (£30 - £50)
204     Royal Marine Light Infantry OR’s helmet plate circa 1878-1901.
A good brass example of crowned star pattern bearing a laurel wreath with scroll inscribed “Gibraltar” to the top and fouled anchor to the junction below. Within the wreath, a circlet inscribed “Per Mare Per Terram”; to the centre, the globe in relief. Beneath the anchor, a strung bugle. Two loops to reverse. Near VGC. (KK 1092) (£60 - £80)
205     33rd Foot (Duke of Wellington’s) pre 1881 OR’s waist belt clasp.
A good and scarce brass example. Circlet inscribed “The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment”; centre bearing “33” on lined ground. Plain ends. VGC (£100 - £150)
206     16th Queen’s Lancers Victorian OR’s lance cap plate.
A good brass example bearing 13 honours up to “Aliwal”. Two screw posts to reverse, one an old lead soldered replacement resulting in lead showing through on unicorn’s hindquarters. (£30 - £50)
207     17th Lancers Victorian OR’s lance cap plate.
A good brass post 1880 example bearing six honours “Alma” “Inkerman” “Central India” and “Balaclava” “Sevastopol” “South Africa 1879”. Two screw posts to reverse. GC (£50 - £75)
208     Rifle Brigade Officer’s helmet plate circa 1885-90
A fine blackened example with burnished highlights. Laurel wreath surmounted by a pierced Crown resting on a tablet inscribed “Waterloo”; within the wreath, a Maltese cross with lions between the arms and ball finials to the tips. To the centre of the cross, within a circlet inscribed “Rifle Brigade”, a Crowned strung bugle. The arms of the cross bear the numerous honours of the Regiment,; the wreath bears honours “Alma Inkerman Sevastopol Lucknow Ashantee South Africa”. Between the bottom arm of the cross and the wreath, a scroll inscribed “Peninsula”; across the base of the wreath, a scroll “The Prince Consort’s Own”. Three loops to reverse. GC (£200 - £300)
209     Rifle Brigade OR’s helmet plate circa 1878-90.
A good blackened brass example. Within a laurel wreath surmounted by a Guelphic Crown resting on a tablet inscribed “Waterloo”, a Maltese cross with lions between the arms and ball finials to the tips. The arms of the cross bear numerous honours; the wreath bears honours “Sevastopol Alma Inkerman”. Between the bottom arm of the cross and the wreath, a scroll inscribed “Peninsula” with another above “Lucknow”, one below “Ashantee”; across the base of the wreath, a scroll “The Prince Consort’s Own”. Three loops to reverse. VGC (KK 284) (£40 - £60)
210     4th VB KRRC (5th W.Middx RV) Sergeant’s pouch belt plate circa 1905-08.
A scarce die-stamped brass example. Within a laurel wreath surmounted by a Crown resting on a tablet inscribed “S. Africa 1900-2”, a Maltese cross bearing a circlet inscribed “4th VB Kings Royal Rifles”, to the centre, a strung bugle. Below the wreath, a scroll “5th West Middlesex V.R.C.” The whole design superimposed on crossed arrows. Three loops to reverse. GC (£50 - £75)
211     28th Foot (North Gloucestershire) OR’s glengarry badge circa 1874-81.
A good die-stamped brass example. Strap “North Gloucestershire” surmounted by the Sphinx on “Egypt” tablet; “28” to centre. Brass loops North and South. GC (KK 466) (£40 - £60)
212     South Australia Militia Victorian OR’s helmet plate.
A scarce die-stamped brass example. Crowned star bearing strap “South Australia” with VR Cypher to centre. Reverse with loops North and South. GC (£150 - £200)
Evidence of “Militia Infantry” removed from die.
213     Leeds Pals WW1 silver cap badge.
A fine and scarce die-stamped unmarked example comprising the Arms of Leeds. Two stout loops to reverse. VGC (£150 - £200)
In answer to Kitchener’s call 15th (Service) Bn (1st Leeds) raised September 1914; 17th (Service) Bn (2nd Leeds) raised December 1914.
214     Infantry OR’s helmet backing plate/star circa 1901-14.
A good brass example of universal crowned star pattern worn on the home service helmet. Two loops to reverse. VGC (KK 358) (£40 - £60)
215     1st VB Yorkshire Regiment pouch badge.
A good 1883-1908 die-stamped white metal example. Crowned Dannebrog device on tablet “1 Vol. Bn” resting in five part scroll “The Princess of Wales’s Own”. Three screw posts to reverse. VGC (£50 - £75)
HQ at Northallerton.
216     93rd Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteers Officer’s pouch belt plate circa 1860.
A very fine and rare silvered example by Whytock & Sons. Crowned thistle wreath bearing strap “Dia agus ar duthaigh”, the buckle in high relief. Mounted to the centre, St. Andrew in gilt. Three screw posts to reverse. Central backing plate replaced. GC (£300 - £500)
Formed 8th August, 1860 and known as the Glasgow Highland Rifle Rangers. Became part of 4th Corps in July, 1861 as I Company.
217     Highland Light Infantry Officer’s plaid brooch circa 1882-1901.
A fine silvered example b y Marshall & Aitken, Edinburgh. Quoit with engraved edge mounted with thistle wreath bearing 28 battle honours to “Tel-el-Kebir”. Mounted to the centre, a cut silver Star of the Order of the Thistle; mounted on the Star, a Crown with a curled bugle horn below,“HLI” monogram to the centre. Beneath the horn, a scroll inscribed “Assaye” with the Elephant below. Stout pin to reverse. VGC (£200 - £300)
218     7th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) Pipe Major’s plaid brooch circa 1908.
A very fine and scarce silver plated example. Plain quoit with engraved narrow border mounted with heavy thistle wreath in turn mounted by glengarry badge device viz a Mullet above strung bugle set within a wreath of thistles; “7” applied to top point of the star and thistle wreath. Stout pin to reverse. Hook fractured and closed up. (£250 - £400)
This is the actual piece photographed on page 48 of “Badges of the Highland and Lowland Regiments” by W.H. & K.D.Bloomer.
219     Dumbartonshire Volunteers Officer’s plaid brooch circa 1887-1908.
A fine and scarce example. Silver plated quoit incised with narrow floral border. Mounted on the quoit a silver thistle wreath with gilt elephant and howdah to centre; mounted on the top of the wreath, a gilt scroll inscribed “Fortitudo et fidelitas”. Generally VGC. (£250 - £400)
220     Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) Officer’s helmet plate circa 1881-92.
A good die-stamped silvered example. Within a Guelphic crowned thistle wreath bearing battle honours, a mullet with strung bugle below. On the right side of the wreath, the Dragon of China resting on a blank tablet; on the left of the wreath, a Sphinx resting on a blank tablet. On the base of the wreath a scroll inscribed “The Scottish Rifles”. Four loops to reverse. Crown detached from wreath on one side otherwise GC. (£100 - £200)
Helmet replaced by the shako in 1892.
221     4th VB Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) post 1887 Officer’s helmet plate.
A good scarce die-stamped silvered example. Within a thistle wreath surmounted by a Guelphic Crown, a mullet with strung bugle below. On the left of the wreath, a Sphinx on a torse; on the right side of the wreath, the Dragon of China on a torse. On the base of the wreath, a scroll inscribed “4th Volr. Battn.” with “The Scottish Rifles” below. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£250 - £400)
HQ at 149, Cathedral Street, Glasgow.
222     5th VB Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Officer’s waist belt clasp circa 1887-1908.
A fine and scarce nickel example with matching numbers to both halves. Circlet inscribed “5th VB Princess Louise’s Argyll & Suthd. Highs.”; to the centre, a Boar’s head. Ornate ends. VGC (£150 - £200)
HQ at Dunoon
223     Canada. 48th Highlanders post 1900 Officer’s or senior NCO’s plaid brooch.
A fine silver plated example. Mounted on a quoit, frosted silver thistle wreath bearing scroll “Dileas gu brath”; to the centre, an eagle’s head on a torse with “48” beneath. Stout pin to reverse. Near VGC (£150 - £300)
See “Canadian Militia Badges Pre 1914” by Mazeas, SBP 219
224     1st Clakmannan & Kinross Rifle Volunteers OR’s bonnet badge circa 1874-87.
A fine and scarce die-stamped white metal example. Within a strap “In deo spes”, three ears of corn. Two loops to reverse. VGC (£250 - £400)
225     1st Aberdeen Rifle Volunteers Officer’s plaid brooch circa 1879-95.
A very fine and scarce hollow silver plated example. Plain rimmed quoit ornamented with thistles in relief; to the centre, a circlet inscribed “1st Aberdeen Rifle Volunteers”. Stout pin to reverse. VGC (£300 - £400)
226     1st Carlisle Rifle Volunteers OR’s shako plate circa 1864-78.
A good die-stamped white metal example. Crowned curled bugle bearing “1” to seeded centre. Two lead soldered loops to reverse. VGC (£50 - £75)
227     Royal Artillery Officer’s busby plume holder circa 1859-78.
A very fine gilt example. Flaming grenade, the ball mounted with Royal Arms with “ubique” scroll below; beneath the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll scroll “Quo fas et gloria ducunt”. Reverse retains plume holder and slider fitting. VGC (£50 - £75)
228     Royal Artillery Officer’s helmet plate circa 1901-14.
A very fine gilt example. Royal Arms, pierced around the shield, with “Ubique” scroll below; beneath the scroll, a gun with mounted wheel resting on a scroll “Quo fas et gloria ducunt”. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£50 - £100)
229     South Bucks Yeomanry Lancers, OR’s lance cap plate circa 1861-1871.
A scarce die-stamped brass example based on the pattern used by the 12th Lancers, displaying the Royal Arms with the Prince of Wales’s crest above, below the arms a Union spray with a tri-part scroll at the base, “South Bucks Yeomanry Lancers”. Two screw posts to reverse. VGC (£150 - £200)
230     18th King Edward’s Own Cavalry Officer’s 1933 hallmarked silver cap badge.
A fine and scarce example by the Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Company bearing London hallmarks. Crossed lances surmounted by a Prince of Wales’s plumes “18” to the centre and scroll across the butts of the lances inscribed “KEO Cavalry”. Loops removed and replaced with stout brooch pin. VGC ... together with a 16th Lancers Officer’s collar badge, heavily silver plated and brooched. (2 items) (£80 - £120)
231     King’s Royal Rifle Corps Officer’s silver pouch belt plate, whistle and chains.
A fine set by J & Co. (Jennens) bearing Birmingham hallmarks for 1909/11. Plate comprises a Maltese cross surmounted by a Victorian Crown resting on a tablet inscribed “Peninsula”. To the centre, within a circlet inscribed “The King’s Royal Rifle Corps”, a strung bugle with “60” between the strings. The North, South and West arms of the cross each bear four battle honours, the East bears three with “Toulouse” being the last. Four screw posts to reverse. Complete with backing plate. VGC ... together with companion circular boss pierced “Celer et audax” mounted with lion’s mask with secures a three strand chain attached to the whistle in its holder. VGC (£200 - £300)
232     Rifle Brigade Officer’s silver pouch belt plate, whistle and chains.
An unmarked example circa 1863-76. Laurel wreath surmounted by a Crown resting on a tablet inscribed “Waterloo”; within the wreath, a Maltese cross with lions between the arms and balls to the tips. To the centre of the cross, within a circlet inscribed “Rifle Brigade”, a Crowned strung bugle. The arms of the cross bear the numerous honours of the Regiment; the wreath bears honours “Sevastopol Alma Inkerman”. Between the bottom arm of the cross and the wreath, a scroll “Peninsula” with another above “Lucknow”; across the base of the wreath, an applied scroll ”The Prince Consort’s Own”. Four screw posts to reverse, retaining original backing plate. Central highpoints very heavily polished, neck repaired ... together with circular boss inscribed “Rifle Brigade” mounted with lion’s mask supported three strand chain terminating in whistle and holder. Holder with faint hallmarks, spring securing clip on whitsle absent. (£100 - £150)
Granted title The Prince Consort’s Own in 1862.
233     Rifle Brigade Officer’s 1941 hallmarked silver cap badge.
A good example by JRG&S (JR Gaunt and Sons) with Birmingham hallmarks. Within a laurel wreath surmounted by a Crown resting on a tablet inscribed “Waterloo”, a Maltese cross with lions between the arms and ball finials to the tips. The cross and wreath bear the Brigade’s honours. To the centre, a crowned strung bugle within a circlet “Rifle Brigade”. Two stout loops to reverse. Very slight polishing to central highpoints. Near VGC, (£75 - £100)
234     Coldstream Guards Warrant Officer’s cap star.
A fine example comprising a cut silvered Garter Star; the Garter pierced with blue enamel ground, central Cross of St. George of translucent red enamel. Brooched otherwise VGC. (KK 899) (£30 - £50)
235     London Rifle Brigade shako plate circa 1905-08.
A fine example Mounted on a blackened crowned star, a white metal oak wreath with crossed sword and sceptre. To the centre, within a strap inscribed “London Rifle Brigade”, the shield from the Royal Arms; below the wreath, a scroll inscribed “Ich Dien” with shield from the City of London Arms below. Above the strap a two tier scroll “S. Africa 1900-02”. Two loops to reverse. Generally VGC. (£75 - £100)
236     1st Tower Hamlets Rifles Victorian OR’s shako plate.
A good die-stamped white metal example of crowned star pattern mounted with strap “1 Tower Hamlets Rifle”, the Tower to the centre. Two loops to reverse. VGC (£50 - £75)
237     Tower Hamlets Rifles Victorian glengarry badge.
A good blackened white metal example with burnished highlights. Crowned rope edged strap inscribed “Tower Hamlets Rifles”; the Tower applied to the centre. Two loops to reverse. Generally VGC. (£50 - £75)
238     Royal Fusiliers Officer’s bullion forage cap badge.
A good example. Bullion flaming grenade with Crown on the flames; ball bearing with pierced gilt Garter on blue enamel ground, silver White Rose to centre. GC (£40 - £60)
239     Royal London Militia Officer’s shako plate circa 1861-69.
A fine and scarce silvered example of crowned star pattern mounted with oak wreath and strap inscribed “Domine dirige nos”; City shield to centre. Reverse retains both original horizontal loops. Restoration to wreath. GC (£200 - £300)
Formed in 1820 by the amalgamation of East and West Middlesex Militias. Became 4th Bn. Royal Fusiliers on Friday 1st July, 1881.
240     Royal Irish Regiment rare Warrant Officer’s rank badge circa 1902-22.
A fine rare example. Bullion Crown over “RI” embroidered on a scarlet cloth ground. Near VGC. (£100 - £150)
241     Royal South Gloucester Militia round forage cap scroll circa 1858-74.
A good OR’s die-stamped white metal example “Royal South Gloucester” complete with separate bugle. Two loops to reverse of each. VGC (£50 - £75)
Raised 15th May, 1759; at Gloucester; became 3rd Bn. Gloucestershire Regt. on Friday 1st July, 1881.
242     16th Foot (Bedfordshire) OR’s glengarry badge circa 1874-81.
A good die-stamped brass example. Crowned laurel wreath superimposed on a cross; “16” to centre. Brass loops North and South. VGC (KK 445). (£40 - £60)
243     Australian Queensland Scottish Victorian OR’s helmet plate.
A fine die struck white metal example. Resting in an open thistle wreath a Crowned circlet inscribed “Queensland Scottish” and ornamented with thistle spray; VR Cypher to centre. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£150 - £200)
Raised 4th March 1885.
244     78th Lancashire (4th Manchester) RVC Officer’s plume holder circa 1860-62.
A fine and rare die-stamped white metal example of this Scottish corps. Eight pointed star, the topmost point displaced by a thistle with two leaves. The centre raised to resemble the ball of a grenade, bears the Arms of Manchester surmounted by a scroll “Nemo me impune lacessit”. “78” on the lowest star point. Plume holder and slider fitting to reverse. VGC (KK 1543) (£300 - £400)
Formed 2nd November 1860 at Manchester; absorbed into 33rd LRVC April 1862.
This is the actual piece photographed as No. 1543 in “Head-dress Badges of the British Army”.
245     Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteers post 1860 Officer’s plaid brooch
A fine and scarce well cast silvered example. Within a Crowned thistle wreath a strap “Dia agus ar duthaigh”; rampant lion to centre. Stout pin to reverse with evidence of a screw post at the top. VGC (£300 - £400)
The King archive notes this was worn as a pouch belt plate by two Officers in a photograph taken after 1887.
246     Cyclist Company, 1st VB Loyal North Lancashire Regiment glengarry badge circa 1882-98.
A very fine and exceedingly scarce white metal example. Within a crowned circlet “Loyal North Lancashire 1st Volr. Batn.”, a cycle wheel. Crown die-stamped, circlet and wheel die-cast. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£250 - £300)
This is the actual piece photographed as No. 1572 in “Head-dress Badges of the British Army”.
247     26th (Cyclists) Middlesex Rifle Volunteers glengarry badge circa 1888-1901.
A very fine and scarce white metal example. Within a crowned circlet “Middlesex Cyclist Vols.”, a cycle wheel. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£150 - £200)
248     Soho (St. Anne’s) Division Queen’s Westminster Rifle Volunteers pouch belt plate circa 1860.
A good rare NCO’s cast white metal example. Crowned strap “Queen’s Westminster Rifle Volunteers” with strung bugle and “St. Anne’s” scroll below; to the centre, the shield from the Royal Arms set on the Arms of Westminster. Three screw posts to reverse. VGC (£200 - £300)
249     2nd (Cupar) Fifeshire Volunteer Rifles Officer’s pouch belt plate circa 1860-63.
A very fine and exceedingly scarce silvered die-stamped example. Within a circlet “2nd Fifeshire Volunteer Rifles Cupar”, the Arms of Cupar. Two screw posts to reverse. VGC (£150 - £200)
250     Soho (St. Anne’s) Division Queen’s Westminster Rifle Volunteers pouch belt plate circa 1860.
A fine and rare Officer’s die-stamped plated example. Crowned strap “The Queen’s Westminster Rifle Volunteers” with “SOHO” monogram below; to the centre, the shield from the Royal Arms set on the Arms of Westminster. Four screw posts to reverse. VGC (£300 - £400)
251     1st Cheshire Volunteer Rifles Officer’s pouch belt plate circa 1860.
A very fine and scarce silvered example. Narrow circular laurel wreath surmounted by Prince of Wales’s plumes, to the centre, within a circlet “Cheshire Volunteer Rifles”, a strung bugle surmounted by a crown resting on “I”. Two screw posts to reverse. VGC (£200 - £300)
HQ at Birkenhead.
252     Highland Borderers Light Infantry Militia OR’s glengarry badge circa 1873-81.
A good die-stamped white metal example. Oval strap inscribed “Highland Borderers” mounted with St. Andrew and the Cross to the centre. Two loops to reverse. VGC (£100 - £140)
Became 3rd Bn. Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders on Friday, 1st July 1881
253     Royal North Gloucester Militia OR’s glengarry badge circa 1874-81.
A fine and scarce die-stamped white metal example. Crowned “RNGM” resting in a laurel wreath. Two loops to reverse. Pristine condition. (£200 - £300)
254     Cornwall Rifles Volunteers Victorian Officer’s pouch belt plate.
A good scarce silvered example. Crowned laurel wreath with County Arms and motto to centre. Three screw posts to reverse converted to waist belt fittings otherwise VGC. (£100 - £150)
255     Royal Irish Regiment foreign service helmet badge circa 1881-1901.
A good scarce die-stamped white metal example. Crowned Harp resting within a shamrock wreath. Stout pagri pin to reverse. Orb and cross surmounting crown now absent. (£75 - £100)
256     Kerry Militia OR’s glengarry badge circa 1874-81.
A good scarce die-stamped white metal example. Crowned strap inscribed “Kerry Regiment” resting on a shamrock spray; to the centre, the Maid of Erin Harp. Reverse with original loops North and South. GC (£200 - £250)
Raised 1793 at Tralee, became 4th Bn. Royal Munster Fusiliers on Friday 1st July, 1881.
257     Monaghan Militia OR’s glengarry badge circa 1874-81.
A fine and somewhat scarce die-stamped white metal example. Crowned strap “Monaghan Regiment” with Maid of Erin Harp to centre. Two loops to reverse. VGC (KK 1295) (£300 - £500)
Regiment raised in 1793 at Monaghan. Allocated precedence No.1 in the 1793 ballot then 121 in the ballot of 1855 when the Irish Militia joined the establishment of the English Militia. It became 5th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers on Friday 1st July 1881
258     11th Middlesex (St. George’s) Volunteer Rifle Corps 1859 hallmarked silver pouch belt plate.
A very fine example by JB bearing Birmingham hallmarks. Laurel wreath surmounted by a Crown resting on a blank tablet. Within the wreath, St. George and the Dragon on a seeded black ground. Four screw posts to reverse. VGC (£250 - £350)
Renumbered 6th Mx. RV in 1880 amalgamating with the 1st Mx RV in 1892 to become 1st Mx (Victoria & St. George's Rifles) RVC. Amalgamated with 19th Mx RV in 1908 to become 9th London Regt.
259     Cumberland Rifle Volunteers Victorian Officer’s pouch belt plate.
A good scarce die-stamped silvered example. Within a circular strap “Be just and fear not”, a shield bearing the second Arms of Carlisle. Two screw posts to reverse. VGC (£150 - £200)
HQ at Carlisle.
260     Worcestershire Rifle Volunteers Victorian Officer’s pouch belt plate.
A fine and scarce die-stamped silvered example. Laurel wreath surmounted by a Crown resting on a blank tablet, pear tree to centre. Three screw posts to reverse. VGC (£150 - £200)
261     Grenadier Guards Edward VII valise badge circa 1901-10.
A good die-stamped brass example. Within a crowned Garter, an ER Cypher reversed and interlaced. Four loops to reverse. VGC (£100 - £150)
262     Grenadier Guards Victorian pouch badge circa 1837-1901.
A good cast brass example. Within a crowned Garter, a VR Cypher reversed and interlaced. Three loops to reverse. GC (£50 - £75)
263     Grenadier Guards Edwardian pouch badge circa 1901-10.
A good die-cast brass example. Within a crowned Garter, an ER Cypher reversed and interlaced with VII below. Three screw posts to reverse. GC (£50 - £75)
264     Grenadier Guards George V pouch badge circa 1911-35.
A good die-stamped brass example. Within a crowned Garter, a GR Cypher reversed and interlaced. Three screw posts to reverse. GC (£50 - £75)
265     Grenadier Guards George VI pouch badge circa 1937-52.
A good die-cast brass example. Within a crowned Garter, a GR Cypher reversed and interlaced. Two screw posts to reverse. GC (£50 - £75)
266     Military Knights of Windsor post 1901 Officer’s shoulder belt plate.
A scarce attractive example. Gilt rectangular plate mounted by Garter Star with separate Crown above. The gilt pierced motto on the Star set on a blue enamel ground; the Cross of St. George in red enamel. Reverse retains original fixings, comprising two hooks at the top and two studs at the bottom. Near VGC. (£200 - £300)
267     2nd VB East Lancashire Regiment OR’s cap badge circa 1905-08.
A good scarce die-stamped white metal example. Within a crowned laurel wreath, a Sphinx on a blank tablet and a rose; across the base of the wreath, a scroll “2 VB East Lancashire”. Scroll beneath “South Africa 1900-02”. Two loops to reverse. VGC (£50 - £75)
HQ at Burnley
268     Rifle Brigade Officer’s 1913 hallmarked silver cap badge.
A good example by J & Co. (Jennens) with 1913 Birmingham hallmarks. Within a laurel wreath surmounted by a Crown resting on a tablet inscribed “Waterloo”, a Maltese cross with lions between the arms and ball finials to the tips. The cross and wreath bear the Brigade’s honours. To the centre, a crowned strung bugle within a circlet “Rifle Brigade”. Two stout loops to reverse. Slight polishing to central highpoints. GC (£60 - £80)
269     5 various Army Scout arm badges.
A large and two small brass examples with bar (Sergeant and 1st Class Army Scout); small brass example without bar and another brooched. All GC. (5 items) (£50 - £75)
270     12th Royal Lancers Victorian OR’s lance cap plate circa 1860-1905.
A good die-stamped brass triangular example bearing five honours to “Central India”. Two screw posts to reverse. Generally VGC. (£75 - £100)
271     86th (Royal County Down) OR’s shako plate circa 1869-78.
A good scarce die-stamped brass example. Within a Crowned laurel wreath, the Garter with pierced “86” to the centre. Two old replacement loops to reverse. GC (£60 - £80)
272     83rd Foot (County of Dublin) OR’s shako plate circa 1861-68.
A good die-stamped brass example of universal crowned star pattern. Within the Garter, pierced numeral “83” on a seeded ground. Retains both original lead soldered iron loops to reverse. Generally VGC (KK 148) (£100 - £150)
This is the actual piece photographed as No. 148 in “Head-dress Badges of the British Army”.
273     Connaught Rangers foreign service helmet badge circa 1881-1901.
A good scarce die-stamped brass example. Crowned Maid of Erin Harp resting within a shamrock wreath. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£100 - £150)
274     5th VB South Wales Borderers Officer’s helmet plate circa 1897-1901.
A fine and rare silvered example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and Garter, the centre with Dragon in wreath on a black cloth ground. To the base of the wreath, an applied tri-part scroll “The South Wales Borderers” with gilt “5th Volunteer Battalion” scroll beneath, Three loops to reverse. VGC (£400 - £500)
Formed in 1897 with HQ Newton, Montgomeryshire. Many of its members served in the Boer War resulting in the Battalion being accorded the battle honour “South Africa 1900-01” in 1905. When the Volunteer system ended in 1908, the Battalion was transferred to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers as its 7th Battalion.
275     2nd North York Rifle Volunteers Officer’s shako plate circa 1869-78.
A good scarce die-stamped silvered example. Within a Crowned laurel wreath, a strap “North York Rifle Volunteers” with pierced “2” to the centre. Two loops to reverse. VGC (£200 - £300)
276     2nd Renfrewshire Rifle Volunteers Officer’s helmet plate.
A fine and scarce silvered example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and strap “2nd Renfrewshire Rifle Volunteers”, the centre with Prince of Wales’s plumes on a black velvet ground. Three loops (pinched) to reverse. Plating dull otherwise VGC. (£350 - £400)
277     5th (Cyclist) Bn East Yorkshire Regiment Officer's pouch belt plate circa 1908-14.
A very fine and scarce silvered example by Hobson & Sons, Lexington Street, London W. Crowned Maltese cross mounted with circlet “5th (Cyclist) Battn East Yorkshire”; to the centre an eight pointed star bearing rose within laurel wreath. A cycle wheel mounted on the bottom arm of the cross. Three screw posts to reverse. VGC (£100 - £150)
5th Cyclist Bn East Yorkshire Regt. was formed in 1908 from the Cyclist Company of 1st VB at York.
278     South Africa. Durban Light Infantry Victorian Officer’s helmet plate.

A fine and scarce die-stamped silvered example. Crowned Maltese cross mounted with star bearing circlet “Durban Light Infantry”; strung bugle to centre. Three loops to reverse. VGC (see Owen 407) (£200 - £300)
279     1st Cadet Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps OR’s helmet plate.
A good scarce post 1911 die-stamped white metal example. Maltese cross surmounted by a Crown resting on a tablet “Celer et audax”; lions between the arms of the cross; “South Africa 1900-02” on the arms. To the centre, a strung bugle within a circlet “1st CB King’s Royal Rifles”. Two replacement loops to reverse. Generally VGC. (£80 - £120)
The only Cadet Battalion to bear a battle honour.
280     1st Admin. Bn. Westmoreland Rifle Volunteers OR’s helmet plate circa 1878-80.
A good scarce white metal example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and strap inscribed “1st A. Bn. Westmoreland Rifle Vols”, rampant lion to centre. Three loops to reverse . VGC (£80 - £120)
HQ at Kendal
281     3rd VB. Gloucestershire Regiment Officer’s pouch belt plate circa 1900-01.
A fine and scarce die-stamped silvered example. Crowned Maltese cross bearing circlet inscribed “3rd Vol Batt. Gloucestershire Regt.”, to the centre the Sphinx resting on a blank tablet. Three screw posts to reverse. VGC (£120 - £150)
Raised 24th July, 1900 with HQ at Bristol.
282     Ayrshire Rifle Volunteers OR’s helmet plate circa 1880-87.
A good scarce white metal example of universal crowned star pattern mounted with laurel wreath and strap inscribed “Ayrshire Rifle Volunteers”; strung bugle to centre. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£150 - £200)
See “Badges of the Highland and Lowland Regiments” by W.H. & K.D.Bloomer, Plate 18 for similar example.
283     2nd Royal Tower Hamlets Militia Officer’s belltop shako plate circa 1835.
A magnificent and rare example. Resting in a silver oak wreath, a rich gilt strap inscribed “Queen’s Own Light Infantry Militia” surmounted by the Royal Crest. To the centre, in silver, a strung bugle over the Tower of London on a field of blue translucent enamel. Reverse of Crown retains original fixing wires, one loop absent. Minor enamel damage not affecting its stunning appearance. (£500 - £600)
284     King’s Liverpool Regiment post 1908 Territorial Battalion Officer’s helmet plate.
A good scarce silvered example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and Garter, the centre with the White Horse of Hanover with “Nec Aspera Terrent” scroll above, set on a crimson velvet ground. To the base of the wreath, an applied silvered scroll “The King’s Regt.” . Two of three loops to reverse. Some wear to plating on highpoints. GC (£200 - £300)
285     104th Bengal Fusiliers pre 1881 OR’s fur cap grenade.
A fine and very scarce die-stamped brass example. Flaming grenade, the ball embossed with strap inscribed “Bengal Fusiliers” with “104” to centre. Two loops to reverse. VGC (KK 956) (£400 - £600)
Became 2nd Bn. Royal Munster Fusiliers on Friday 1st July, 1881 whilst under the command of Lt. Col. John Gore Campbell.
This actual piece is photographed as No. 956 in “Head-dress Badges of the British Army”.
286     Parachute Regiment WW2 Officer’s beret badge Ludlow, London.
A fine die-cast silvered example. Two loops to reverse. VGC (£75 - £100)
287     Uitenhage Rifles OR’s helmet plate circa 1902-13.
A good scarce die-stamped brass example. Within a crowned wreath, half of laurel, half of oak, the letters U V M with disc bearing arms. Across the base of the wreath, a scroll “Uitenhage Rifles”. Two loops to reverse. GC (Owen 295) (£80 - £120)
Raised 1894; became a company of Prince Alfred’s Guard in 1913. Presented with a King’s Colour for service during the Boer War.
288     King’s own Norfolk Imperial Yeomanry OR’s helmet plate.
A very fine die-stamped brass example. Crowned EVIIR cypher within a laurel wreath. A tri-part scroll inscribed “King’s Own Norfolk Impl Yeomy” mounted to the base of the wreath. Two screw posts to reverse. Condition as issued. (£100 - £200)
289     Shropshire Imperial Yeomanry helmet plate circa 1901-08.
A good scarce example worn on the 1871 pattern helmet. Mounted on a brass Crowned rococo shield, a white metal cut star bearing oval brass strap “Shropshire Imperial Yeomanry” with three leopard heads to the lined centre. Three screw posts to reverse. GC (£150 - £250)
This pattern of helmet was introduced to the regiment in 1872. Regiment assumed the title Shropshire Imperial Yeomanry 17th April, 1901; redesignated Shropshire Yeomanry 1st April, 1908.
290     Duke of Lancaster’s Own Regiment of Yeomanry Cavalry OR’s (Albert) pattern helmet plate.
A good scarce die-stamped brass example worn by the regiment circa 1865-70. Crowned rococo shield resting in a wreath, half of laurel, half of oak; centre mounted with three lions in pale. Reverse with one original and two replacement screw posts. GC (£200 - £400)
291     1st (or King’s) Dragoon Guards OR’s helmet plate circa 1871-1914.
A good bi-metal example. Standard white metal multi-rayed star mounted with the Garter Proper in brass; to the centre a white metal “1” on a replacement black leather ground. Four screw posts to reverse. GC (£75 - £100)
292     2nd Hampshire Rifle Volunteers Officer’s waist belt clasp circa 1880-85.
A very fine and scarce silvered example. Circlet inscribed “2nd Hampshire Rifle Volunteers ”; centre bearing shield charged with Crown and Rose (from Arms of Southampton). Universal pattern rococo ends. Toned. Centre slightly awkward fit otherwise VGC. (£200 - £240)
HQ at Southampton.
293     8th (Scarborough) North Yorks Rifle Volunteer Corps Officer’s waist belt clasp circa 1860.
A good scarce blackened example with matching numbers to both halves. Strap inscribed “Scarborough Volunteer Rifles”; town arms to centre. Universal pattern rococo ends. VGC (£150 - £200)
Raised 28th February 1860.
294     Cornwall Rifles Volunteers post 1878 Officer’s helmet plate.
A fine and scarce blackened example with burnished silver highlights. Crowned Maltese cross, the centre mounted with County Arms and Motto. Three loops (pinched) to reverse. GC (£250 - £400)
295     Canada. 9th Bn. Volunteer Militia Rifles Victorian helmet plate.
A good die-stamped blackened brass example. Crowned Maltese cross with fleur de lis between the arms. To the centre, “9” within a circlet “Voltigeurs de Quebec”. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£75 - £100)
Organised in 1862. See “Canadian Militia Badges Pre 1914” by Mazeas, HP 92.
296     9th (Lochmaben) Dumfriesshire Rifle Volunteers Officer’s waist belt clasp circa 1864-76.
A good scarce blackened example with matching numbers to both halves. Circlet inscribed “IX Dumfriesshire Rifle Volunteers Lochmaben”; winged spur to centre. Thistle ends. VGC (£150 - £200)
Raised 18th February 1861. Became a VB of the Royal Scots Fusiliers in 1881 but was transferred to the King’s Own Scottish Borderers in May 1887 as 3rd (Dumfries) VB.
297     48th (Preston) Lancashire Rifle Volunteers OR’s helmet plate circa 1878-80.
A good scarce die-stamped blackened brass example. Crowned Maltese cross, with lions between the arms, bearing circlet “Lancashire Rifle Volunteers”; strung bugle to centre with “48’ between the strings. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£100 - £150)
Raised in Preston 15th March, 1860. Amalgamated with 47th (St. Helens) in 1880 to become 21st LRV.,
298     Royal Artillery WW2 plastic economy “gun” cap badge.
A good scarce example retaining original brass slider to reverse. GC (KK 2202) (£100 - £150)
299     15th (Richmond) Yorkshire Rifle Volunteers OR’s headdress badge circa 1860.
Scarce blackened brass die-stamped curled bugle with 15 to centre. Two loops to reverse. VGC (£50 - £75)
300     Australia. Bunbury Rifle Volunteers helmet plate circa 1892-1901.
A good scarce blackened white metal example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and Garter with applied “BRV” cypher to centre. Three loops to reverse. Point of bottom star ray clipped short. (£200 - £300)
Western Australia unit formed 24th October, 1892.
301     Canada. 22nd Oxford Rifles Victorian OR’s helmet plate.
A good die-stamped blackened brass example. Crowned Maltese cross with lions between the arms; to the centre, within a circlet “The Oxford Rifles”, a strung bugle with “22” between the cords. Three loops to reverse. Generally VGC. (£80 - £120)
See “Canadian Militia Badges Pre 1914” by Mazeas, SBP 219
302     2nd VB Gloucestershire Regiment OR’s helmet plate circa 1883-1901.
A good blackened brass example. Crowned Maltese cross with lions between the arms; to the centre, within a circlet inscribed “Gloucestershire 2nd Volr. Battn.”, a strung bugle. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£60 - £80)
HQ at Gloucester.
303     2nd Shropshire Rifle Volunteer Corps pouch belt plate circa 1880-88.
A very fine and scarce blackened example with burnished highlights. Crowned Maltese cross with lions between the arms. On the cross, within a circlet inscribed “2nd Shropshire Rifle Volunteer Corps”, a strung bugle on a seeded ground. Three screw posts to reverse. VGC (£120 - £150)
304     South Lancashire Regiment Victorian Officer’s waist belt clasp.
A very fine post 1881 silver and gilt example of special pattern with matching numbers to both halves. On a round burnished gilt plate, a silver laurel wreath, the top joined by a scroll inscribed “South Lancashire”, the lower part joined by another inscribed “Prince of Wales’s Vols”; within the wreath, the Prince of Wales’s plumes over the Sphinx resting on a tablet inscribed “Egypt” below. Oakleaf ends. VGC (Ryan 207) (£120 - £150)
305     32nd (Cornwall) Foot Officer’s waist belt clasp circa 1856-81.
A scarce silver and gilt example by J & Co (Jennens) with matching numbers to both halves. Circlet inscribed “or Cornwall Regiment”; seeded gilt centre mounted with silver crowned strung bugle with “32” between the strings. Universal pattern rococo ends. Wear to gilt otherwise GC. (£100 - £150)
306     46th Foot (South Devon) Officer’s waist belt clasp circa 1856-81.
A fine silver and gilt example with matching numbers to both halves. Circlet inscribed “South Devon Regiment”; seeded gilt centre mounted with silver Crown over “46”. Universal pattern rococo ends. Near VGC. (£180 - £220)
307     Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry post 1881 Officer’s forage cap badge.
A very fine example two piece comprising a rich gilt strung bugle; on the strings of the bugle, crossed gilt feathers with crimson velvet inserts; silver turreted archway on the feathers. Three loops to reverse. Separate scroll below inscribed “The Duke of Cornwall’s Lt. Infy” with two loops to reverse. Slight moth to crimson inserts otherwise VGC. (£200 - £300)
308     2nd Bn. Cornwall Rifles Volunteers OR’s helmet plate circa 1878-81.
A good scarce white metal example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and strap inscribed “2nd Battn. Cornwall Rifle Vols.” with County Arms and motto to centre. Three loops to reverse. Top of County Arms with old repair, generally VGC. (£100 - £150)
HQ at Bodmin.
309     King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment Officer’s helmet plate circa 1881-1901.
A good gilt example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and Garter, the centre with silver Lion on a crimson cloth ground. To the base of the wreath, an applied tri-part scroll “Royal Lancaster Regt.”. Three loops to reverse. Old varnish, gilt dull. GC (£150 - £250)
310     Suffolk Regiment Officer’s helmet plate circa 1881-1901.
A gilt example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and Garter, the centre with silver Castle, Key and mottoes on a black patent leather ground. To the base of the wreath, an applied tri-part scroll “The Suffolk Regiment”. Three loops to reverse. Gilt worn, slight fracture between crown and star. (£150 - £250)
311     Royal Artillery 1846-55 OR’s “Albert” shako plate.
A good scarce die-stamped brass excavated example. Eight pointed star bearing Royal Arms with scroll “Ubique” beneath; below, a gun resting on a scroll “Quo fas et gloria ducunt”. Four lead soldered replacement loops to reverse. Several pinhole fractures otherwise GC. (£80 - £120)
312     1st Foot (Royal Scots) OR’s glengarry badge circa 1874-81.
A good die-stamped example. White metal Thistle star mounted with gilt metal oval resting on scroll inscribed “The Royal Scots”; St.Andrew and Cross to solid centre. To reverse, brass plated copper loops East and West. Generally VGC (KK 420) (£40 - £60)
313     Military Police GvR OR’s helmet plate.
A good scarce brass example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and Garter, the centre with GvR Cypher. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£75 - £100)
314     Scots Guard’s Victorian Piper’s waist belt plate.
A fine and extremely scarce example. Rectangular nickel plate with canted corners mounted with thistle wreath. Within the wreath, a Thistle Star bearing VR Cypher to centre. Fixed belt loop present, detachable belt loop now absent. Backing plate possibly a later replacement. GC (£100 - £200)
315     3rd VB South Wales Borderers OR’s helmet plate circa 1885-1901.
A good scarce white metal example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and strap “3rd Volr Battn South Wales Borderers”, Dragon with laurel wreath to the centre. Three loops to reverse. 9 o’clock star tip slightly distorted. GC (KK 1775) (£75 - £100)
HQ at Pontypool
This is the actual piece photographed as No. 1775 in “Head-dress Badges of the British Army”.
316     4th VB South Wales Borderers OR’s helmet plate circa 1885-1901.
A fine scarce white metal example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and strap “4th V. B. South Wales Borderers”, Dragon with laurel wreath to the centre. Two replacement loops to reverse. GC (£75 - £100)
HQ at Pontypool. Raised in February 1860 as 4th Monmouthshire RVC; became a VB of the South Wales Borderers on Friday 1st July 1881 and were redesignated as 4th VB in on 1st July 1885.
317     1st VB Norfolk Regiment OR’s helmet plate circa 1883-1901.
A good scarce white metal example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and circlet inscribed “1st Vol. Battn. Norfolk”, the centre with Britannia. Two loops to reverse. VGC (£80 - £120)
HQ at Norwich.
318     1st Cumberland Rifle Volunteer Corps OR’s helmet plate circa 1878-80.
A good scarce white metal example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and strap inscribed “1st Cumberland Rifle Volr. Corps”, strung bugle to centre. Three loops to reverse (pinched). VGC (£80 - £120)
HQ at Keswick.
319     Jewish Battalions Royal Fusiliers WWI sealed pattern OSD cap and collar badge.
A fine and scarce bronze example of each being a Menora (seven-branched candlestick) on a scroll inscribed in Hebrew “Kadimah”. Mounted on War Office board with red wax seals etc. VGC (KK 1145) (2 items) (£150 - £200)
Introduced in 1917 and worn by 38th, 39th, 40th Service Bns.
320     5th Royal Irish Lancers OR’s lance cap plate circa 1905-14.
A good die-stamped brass example bearing honours up to “South Africa 1899-1902”. Two screw posts to reverse. GC (£40 - £60)
321     Royal Marine Artillery OR’s busby plume holder circa 1866-79.
A good scarce brass example. Flaming grenade; the ball bearing a semicircular scroll “Per mare per terram” closed at the top a scroll inscribed “Gibraltar”; globe to centre. Fouled anchor to base of motto scroll. Reverse complete with plume holder shaped slider (with fracture). Generally VGC. (KK 1103) (£200 - £300)
This is the actual piece photographed as No. 1103 in “Head-dress Badges of the British Army”.
322     Rifle Brigade Officer’s helmet plate circa 1878.
A very fine and scarce white metal example. Mounted on a large eight pointed star, a laurel wreath surmounted by a Crown resting on a tablet inscribed “Waterloo”; within the wreath, a Maltese cross with lions between the arms and balls to the tips. To the centre of the cross, within a circlet inscribed “Rifle Brigade”, a Crowned strung bugle. The arms of the cross bear the numerous honours of the Regiment; the wreath bears honours (left) “Peninsula Alma Inkerman”; (right) “Sevastopol Lucknow Ashantee”. Across the base of the wreath, a scroll “The Prince Consort’s Own” Four loops to reverse. VGC (£400 - £600)
323     Canada. 26th Middlesex Light Infantry helmet plate.
A fine and scarce die-stamped white metal example. Eight pointed hobnail star mounted with a strap inscribed “Middlesex Light Infantry defence not defiance”. “26” to voided centre. Two loops to reverse. VGC (£100 - £150)
Raised 14th September 1866 at Strathroy, Ontario. See “Canadian Militia Badges Pre 1914” by Mazeas, HP 133.
324     Canada. British Columbia Garrison Artillery Victorian OR’s helmet plate.
A fine rare die-stamped brass example. Royal Arms, a scroll below inscribed “Canada”; below the scroll, a gun resting on a scroll “British Columbia Garrison Artillery”. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£200 - £300)
See “Canadian Militia Badges Pre 1914” by Mazeas, HP 14.
325     South Africa. Robertson Volunteer Rifles Victorian OR’s helmet plate.
A good scarce white example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and circlet inscribed “Robertson Volunteer Rifles”; to the centre, a strung bugle. Two of three loops to reverse. GC (£80 - £120)
Formed 1890 in the Cape with a strength of 68 all ranks.
326     New Zealand. South Franklin Mounted Infantry Victorian OR’s helmet plate.
A good scarce plated example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and applied circlet inscribed “South Franklin Mounted Infantry”; “NZ” to solid centre. Three loops to reverse. Three main star points a little crimped otherwise GC. (£200 - £300)
Formed 28th May ,1885.
327     1st Aberdeen Engineer Volunteers post 1878 OR’s helmet plate.
A good scarce white metal example. Royal Arms with scroll below inscribed “First” resting on a tri-part scroll “Aberdeen Engineer Volunteers”. Two loops to reverse. Tails of both Lion and Unicorn repaired and strengthened. (£100 - £150)
328     1st London Engineer Volunteers post 1878 OR’s helmet plate.
A good scarce white metal example. Royal Arms with scroll below inscribed “Arte et marte” resting on a tri-part scroll “First London Engineers”. Two loops to reverse (pinched). VGC (£100 - £150)
329     2nd Tower Hamlets Engineer Volunteers post 1878 OR’s helmet plate.
A good scarce white metal example. Royal Arms with scroll below inscribed “2nd T.H.E.V.” resting on a tri-part scroll “Peritia potius quamvi”. Two loops to reverse. VGC (£100 - £150)
330     Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry OR’s helmet plate circa 1881-1901.
A good brass example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath (KK 287) and mounted with circlet “Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry”; to the centre, a turreted archway and feathers superimposed on strung bugle. (KK 323). All loops present. VGC (£40 - £60)
331     Cheshire Regiment OR’s helmet plate circa 1881-1901.
A good brass example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath (KK 287) and mounted with circlet “Cheshire”; to the centre, an eight pointed star mounted with Prince of Wales’s plumes. (KK 309). All loops present. VGC (£40 - £60)
332     Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers post 1881 pagri grenade.
A scarce example. Brass flaming grenade; mounted on the ball, in white metal, the Castle of Inniskilling with scroll below inscribed “Inniskilling”. Stout pagri to reverse. Hook absent. GC (£80 - £120)
333     Black Watch WW2 plastic economy glengarry badge.
A good scarce example. Two blades to reverse. Some distortion. GC (KK 2241) (£80 - £120)
334     QO Cameron Highlanders WW2 plastic economy glengarry badge.
A scarce example by A. Stanley & Sons, Walsall. Two blades to reverse. Some distortion. (KK 2258) (£50 - £75)
335     Herefordshire Regiment OSD cap badge circa 1908-14.
Die-cast bronze Arms of the City of Hereford. Two blades to reverse. Near VGC. (KK 1792) (£50 - £75)
336     East Kent Rifle Volunteers OR’s pouch belt plate circa 1874-83.
A good die-stamped blackened brass example. Crowned oak wreath mounted with white metal circlet “East Kent Rifle Volunteers”; White Horse of Kent to centre. Three screw posts to reverse. GC (£100 - £150)
337     4th VB Royal West Kent Officer’s pouch belt plate circa 1900-01.
A fine and scarce short lived silvered example. Crowned wreath, half of laurel, half of palm; within the wreath, the White Horse of Kent. Mounted on the wreath, a scroll inscribed “The Royal West Kent Regiment”; beneath the wreath a further scroll “4th Volunteer Battln.”. Four screw posts to reverse. VGC (£150 - £200)
Raised 27th April 1900 with HQ at Chatham.
338     1st Sussex Rifle Volunteers Officer’s helmet plate circa 1880-87.
A fine and scarce silvered example of universal crowned star pattern mounted with laurel wreath and strap “1st Sussex Rifle Volunteers”, the centre with strung bugle on a black cloth ground. Three loops to reverse (pinched closed). VGC (£250 - £350)
HQ at Brighton. Redesignated 1st VB Royal Sussex Regiment in February 1887.
339     Border Mounted Rifles OR’s helmet plate circa 1880-92.
A fine and scarce die-stamped white metal example worn of a grey cloth helmet similar to the Home Service pattern. Eight pointed hobnail star mounted with oval strap “Wha daur meddle wi me”; “BMR” cypher to centre. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£150 - £200)
1st Roxburgh Mounted Rifles raised in 1872; redesignated Border Mounted Rifles 22nd January, 1880; disbanded March 1892.
340     11th Middlesex Rifles Officer’s helmet plate circa 1880-90,
A fine and scarce silvered example of universal crowned star pattern mounted with laurel wreath and strap “11th Middlesex Rifles”, the centre with Royal Crest on a green cloth ground. Three loops to reverse. Two wires securing centre now absent otherwise VGC. (£250 - £300)
1880 redesigned as 11th (Railway) Corps and in 1881 attached to the KRRC as a volunteer battalion, 1882 transferred to the Middlesex Regt. and finally becoming 3rd VB Royal Fusiliers in March 1890.
341     1st VB East Yorkshire Regiment Officer’s helmet plate circa 1883-1901.
A fine and scarce silvered example of universal crowned star pattern mounted with laurel wreath and Garter, the black leather centre with eight pointed star bearing laurel wreath and rose. To the base of the wreath, an applied tri-part scroll “The East Yorkshire Regt.” with another below “1st Volunteer Battalion”. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£250 - £350)
HQ at Hull.
342     46th Middlesex Rifle Volunteers Officer’s helmet plate circa 1878-80.
A fine and scarce silvered example of universal crowned star pattern mounted with laurel wreath and strap “46th Middlesex Rifle Volr Corps”, the black velvet centre with replacement portcullis. Three loops to reverse. GC (£200 - £300)
Raised in 1861 at Westminster; redesignated 23rd MRV on 3rd September 1880 and 2nd VB Royal Fusiliers in 1883.
343     23rd Middlesex Rifle Volunteers Officer’s helmet plate circa 1880-83.
A fine and scarce silvered example of universal crowned star pattern mounted with laurel wreath and strap “23rd Middlesex Rifle Volunteer Corps”, the green cloth centre with portcullis. Three loops to reverse. VGC (KK 1557) (£250 - £350)
Raised as 46th Middlesex RVC in 1861 at Westminster; redesignated 23rd MRV on 3rd September 1880 and 2nd VB Royal Fusiliers in 1883.
This is the actual piece photographed as No. 1557 in “Head-dress Badges of the British Army”.
344     40th Lancashire Rifle Volunteer Corps OR’s helmet plate circa 1878-80.
A good scarce white metal example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and strap “40th Lancashire Rifle Volunteer Corps”; rose to centre. Three loops to reverse (one bent). VGC (£100 - £150)
40th LRVC (or 3rd Manchester) formed 29th February 1860; renumbered 16th in 1880. Redesignated 4th VB Manchester Regt. in September 1888.
345     Canada. 5th Princess Louise’s Dragoon Guards post 1880 helmet plate.
A scarce die-stamped white metal example. Mounted on a star, a brass Garter with applied white metal device of Princess Louise to centre. Three of four screw posts to reverse. Split between rays at 12 o’clock and old repair to split rays at 3 o’clock. (£80 - £120)
See “Canadian Militia Badges Pre 1914” by Mazeas, HP 56.
346     Canada. 8th Princess Louise’s New Brunswick Cavalry helmet plate circa 1884-92.
A good scarce die-stamped brass example. Resting in a maple wreath, a Crowned strap inscribed “Princess Louise’s NB Regiment of Cavalry”; applied white metal “VIII” to centre. Across the base of the wreath, a scroll “Regi pateriaeque fidelis”. Original loops absent, one of two lead soldered replacement loops present; excessive lead solder. GC (£50 - £100)
Raised 30th April 1869 as New Brunswick Regiment of Yeomanry Cavalry; redesignated 8th Regiment of Cavalry 31st May 1872 then 8th Princess Louise’s New Brunswick Regiment of Cavalry 11th September 1884. Redesignated Hussars 19th August 1892.
347     92nd Foot (Gordons) OR’s glengarry badge circa 1874-81.
A fine die-stamped white metal example. Within a thistle wreath, the Sphinx resting on a tablet inscribed “Egypt” with the numerals “92” below. Reverse with copper loops East and West. VGC (KK 564) (£100 - £150)
Became 2nd Bn. Gordon Highlanders on Friday 1st July, 1881 whilst under the command of Lt. Col. George Hubert Parker (later Hon. Major-General).
348     92nd Foot (Gordons) OR’s glengarry badge circa 1874-81.
A fine die-stamped white metal example. Within an ivy wreath, the crest of the Marquis of Huntly (a stag’s head with antlers, coronet below) resting on the numerals “92” which stand on a scroll inscribed “Bydand” . Reverse with copper loops (a little pinched) East and West. VGC (KK 565) (£100 - £150)
349     39th Foot (Dorsetshire) OR’s glengarry badge circa 1874-1881.
A good die-stamped brass example. Castle resting on “Gibraltar” scroll and the Key; this all rests on a flowing tri-part scroll inscribed “Primus in Indis” with “39” below. Brass loops North and South. GC (KK 489) (£40 - £60)
39th Foot (Dorsetshire) became 1st Bn. Dorsetshire Regiment on Friday 1st July 1881
350     7th Foot (Royal Fusiliers) OR’s glengarry badge circa 1874-81.
A good die-stamped brass example. Flaming grenade, the ball bearing Crowned Garter with rose, and small numeral “7” to centre. Reverse with brass plated copper loops North and South (one “foot” of top loop slightly adrift). GC (KK 429) (£50 - £75)
351     60th King’s Royal Rifle Corps OR’s glengarry badge circa 1874-81.
A good scarce die-stamped blackened brass example. Maltese cross surmounted by a Crown resting on a riband scroll inscribed “Peninsula”, the ends of the scroll resting on the centre arms of the cross. The arms of the cross bearing battle honours and ball finials to the points. On the cross, a circlet inscribed “The King’s Royal Rifle Corps”, to the centre a strung bugle with “60” between the strings. Beneath the cross, a riband scroll inscribed “Celer et Audax”, the ends swept upward to join the centre arms of the cross. Reverse with brass loops East and West. GC (KK 521) (£150 - £200)
352     60th King’s Royal Rifle Corps OR’s glengarry badge circa 1874-81.
A good die-stamped blackened brass example. Maltese cross surmounted by a Crown resting on a scroll inscribed “Peninsula”; ball finials to the points of the cross, lions between the angles. On the cross, a circlet inscribed “The King’s Royal Rifle Corps”, to the centre a strung bugle, “60” between the strings. The arms of the cross bearing battle honours. Beneath the cross, a scroll inscribed “Celer et Audax”. Reverse with brass loops East and West. GC (KK 522) (£30 - £50)
353     3rd Indian Division (Chindits) formation Insignia.
Comprising: a good yellow embroidered Burmese Dragon on blue felt circle the reverse with four press stud fitting, stitching frayed ... White on blue embroidered “Chindit” Title GC (2 items) (£50 - £75)
354     4 WW2 plastic cap badges.
Grenadier Guards ... Lancashire Fusiliers ... South Lancashire Regiment ... Royal Scots. The first three by F & G (Fraser & Glass), the last by A. Stanley & Sons, Walsall. All complete with fixings. Some distortion. (4 items) (£80 - £120)
355     3rd VB Bedfordshire Regiment OR’s helmet plate circa 1887-1901.
A fine white metal example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and circlet “Bedfordshire 3rd Volr. Battn.”, the centre with star bearing Maltese cross with central stag. Three loops to reverse. VGC (£75 - £100)
HQ at Bedford.
356     Royal Army Medical Corps OR’s helmet plate circa 1901-14.
A good scarce brass example of universal crowned star pattern bearing laurel wreath and Garter, the centre with white metal seeded plate cut out in the form of a Geneva Cross with red felt backing. Three loops to reverse. VGC (KK 1005) (£60 - £100)
357     Connaught Rangers post 1881 helmet plate centre.
A brass example. Within a circlet “Connaught Rangers”, a Harp resting on a “Quis separabit” scroll. Reverse retains central loop, the other three absent. GC (KK 352) (£30 - £40)
358     5th (Cinque Ports) Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment post 1908 Officer’s helmet plate.
A fine and scarce silvered example of universal crowned star pattern mounted with laurel wreath and Garter, the maroon velvet centre with red and blue enamelled Cinque Ports shield set on a Maltese cross with Roussillon plume. To the base of the wreath, an applied tri-part scroll “The Royal Sussex Regiment” . Three loops to reverse. VGC (£300 - £400)
376     18 sporting and Red Cross badges.
4 NZ Red Cross enamelled badges ... 1914-19 St. John VAD War Service lapel ... St. John Rhymney Railway ... George Street Ambulance Brigade ... Worcestershire Nursing medal ... 10 various overseas Turf Club badges (many incomplete) (£40 - £60)
377     34 assorted cadet items.
17 Church Cadet Brigade brass shoulder titles. Numbers 1 to 10 over LONDON / CCB and 5 to 12 over MIDDLESEX / CCB (9 lacking one loop) ... Various Church Cadet Brigade London items (plaid brooch, pouch badge, buckle) ... Catholic Cadet Corps cap badge and CCC title ... Church Lads Brigade London buckle ... BP Girl Guides etc. (34 items) (£50 - £100)
378     39 assorted transport related badges, titles etc.
15 enamelled flags from centres of bullion shipping line badges ... Marconi Wireless enamelled badge ... several Midland Railway badges ... various chrome and white metal script badges such as Driver, Wireman, Guard, Checker, sundry titles. (39 items) (£50 - £100)
379     17 assorted police and civilian badges.
National Reserves: Norfolk, Cumberland ... NZ War Service ... 2 x Citizens Force cap badge ... non police Bradford gilt and enamel Inspector’s badge etc. (17 items) (£40 - £60)
380     12 OTC / Cadet brass shoulder titles.
Imperial Service College ... Hurstpierpoint College ... Wellington School Somerset ... Wantage School ... Cranleigh School (blackened) ... Oratory School (blackened) ... St. Peter’s School ... Newton College (one loop) ... Aberdeen University ... Manchester University ... MDCC. GC (12 items) (£50 - £75)
381     28 silver regimental brooches.
6 x tortoiseshell ... 10 x bar brooches / tiepins ... 12 others. Units include ASC, RE, RA, HAC, Tyneside Irish (damaged), MGC, RCOS, Coldstream, D of W, Essex, RAOC etc. Various conditions, several lacking pins. (£80 - £120)
Viewing strongly recommended.
382     132 assorted regimental brooches etc.
Base metal examples in various conditions, some AF, several lacking pins. (132 items) (£80 - £120)
Viewing strongly recommended.
383     40 assorted Northumberland Fusiliers regimental brooches, OCA’s etc.
Includes two silver and tortoiseshell ... two silver ... 18 Comrades Association lapels ... three medallions etc. Various conditions, one or two lacking pins. (40 items) (£75 - £100)
Viewing strongly recommended.
384     29 assorted regimental brooches one simulated mother of pearl backings
Base metal examples in various conditions, several lacking pins. (29 items) (£50 - £100)
Viewing strongly recommended.
385     90 assorted Home Front lapel badges and others.
Includes Works ARP, Henry Coles Ltd. National Service (chipped), AFS, CD, WV, WVS, Observer Corps, ATC, Fire Watchers, YMCA, Home Guard, ATS, Censor, Special Constabulary, SR and LMS Railway badges. Mostly WW2 with several 1950’s examples. Various conditions, one or two lacking fixings. (90 items) (£150 - £250)
Viewing strongly recommended.
386     50 assorted Home Front lapel badges and others.
Includes various National Reserves, On War Services, VTC, RSPCA Aux AVC for sick & wounded horses, Middlesex VAD, munitions, ribbons etc. Mostly WW1. Various conditions, one or two lacking fixings. (50 items) (£80 - £120)
Viewing strongly recommended.
387     No Lot

388     27 Northamptonshire Regiment Officer’s gilt tunic buttons circa 1881-1901.
17 large and 10 small together with four rank stars and a Militia Officer’s “M”. Allon a string with old ink label “T.W. Thornton’s Militia Buttons. Most near VGC. (£30 - £50)
389     Norfolk Imperial Yeomanry insignia worn by Lance Sergeant G.H. Wyllys.
Pair of shoulder chains each bearing large brass Crowned ERVII cypher and KORR title ... ribbons removed from tunic (QSA and Imperial Yeomanry Long Service Medal) ... Crowned Ed VII cypher in brass ... crossed rifles and star in bullion on yellow (reverse with ink “Best Shot in B Sqdn 1903”) ... similar yellow on yellow ... crossed muskets white on scarlet ... crossed rifles bullion on scarlet (the latter two possibly from his previous CIV service). Generally GC (£60 - £80)
Lance Sergeant Wyllys was awarded the Imperial Yeomanry Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in February 1907. See Bosleys September 2005, Lot 589 for his medals.
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