Original British Officer Silver Cross Belt Plate- 24th Regiment of Foot
Original Item: Only One Available. Raised in 1689 by Colonel William Dering for King William III, the 24th Regiment of Foot later became known as the 2nd Warwickshire Regiment in 1753. Due to valiant service in the Egyptian Campaign of 1802, the regiment was then granted the right to display the Sphinx as a battle honor on the regimental badge.
The Regiment saw extensive service during the American Revolutionary War and then India.
Subsequently the regiment’s most famous role was in South Africa in the Zulu Wars specifically at the Defense of Rorke's Drift in 1879 where eleven Victoria Crosses were awarded.
This silver officer's cross belt plate measures 3.35 inches tall by 2.5 inches wide and was issued sometime between 1753 and 1802 so it is possible that this particular cross belt plate saw service in the War in the colonies (1775 -1783).
Oval in shape the badge displays a an oval belt surrounded by a star with-
The plate is very heavy and retains both attaching studs with hook to the rear still holding in place the original leather backing. The silver hallmarks are almost certainly under the leather lining but out of fear we will damage the piece we have not removed the stiff backing.
This is one of the most interesting and desirable items obtained from a private collection in England, which took over fifty years to assemble.
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