Original Scottish Crimean War Era Silver Plated Brass Cross Belt Buckle from The 72nd Regt. of Foot - The Duke of Albany’s Own Highlanders
Original Item: Only One Available. Here we have a fine other ranks (not Officer's) Cross belt plate dating to the Crimean War (1853/55) era followed by the Sepoy Rebellion (1857/59). A Cross Belt plate was worn on the white buff belt slung across an Infantryman's shoulder and chest, very often to carry his ammunition pouch.
Made from silver plated brass, it is in very nice condition, measuring 2 1/2" by 3 1/2". The plate displays the Royal Queen's Crown over regimental designation 72, surrounded by thistle leaves and flowers, and the DUKE OF ALBANY'S OWN HIGHLANDERS on the top and bottom.
One vertical hook absent on the rear side top right. Otherwise it is in excellent lightly worn condition overall. Ready to display!
The 72ND REGIMENT OF FOOT was raised in 1778 as the SEAFORTH HIGHLAND REGIMENT. It served in the British Channel Island of JERSEY in May 1779 to repulse a French Invasion force. It moved on to British India in 1782 to take part in the Second Anglo-Mysore war of 1783. It took part in the Third Anglo-Mysore War of 1789 and partook in the Sieges/Battles of Bangalor 1791, Savdroog also in 1791, Seringpatam in 1792 and Pondicherry in 1793. It returned to England in 1798.
The regiment was renamed the 72nd (or Duke of Albany's Own Highlanders) Regiment of Foot after Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany in December 1823. It served in the Crimean War in 1855 at the Battle of Sevastopol, the Indian Mutiny in 1857, The Ambela Campaign in 1863 and the Second Anglo-Afghan War of 1880.
Much traveled, very experienced, one of Britain's best Scottish Regiments.
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