Original Scottish Victorian Era Seaforth Highlanders Sporran with Battle Honors - Second Afghan War
Original Item: Only One Available. The Seaforth Highlanders (Rossshire Buffs, The Duke of Albany's) was an historic line infantry regiment of the British Army, mainly associated with large areas of the northern Highlands of Scotland. The Seaforth Highlanders have varied in size from two battalions to seventeen battalions during the Great War. After several mergers, with the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders to form the Queen's Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons), which later amalgamated with the Royal Scots Borderers, the Royal Highland Fusiliers (Princess Margaret's Own Glasgow and Ayrshire Regiment), the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders to form the 4th (Highlanders) Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
The regiment was created through the amalgamation of the 72nd Highlanders (Duke of Albany's Own) and the 78th Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs), as part of the Childers Reforms of the British Army in 1881. The regimental museum is located at Fort George near Inverness. Fort George served as Depot for The Seaforth Highlanders for most of the regiment's life. The regiment served in Britain's later colonial wars, in Afghanistan (1878), Egypt (1882), the Sudan (1885), India (1895) and the Boer War (1899-1902).
In 1878 the regiment was deployed to the Afghanistan to take part in the Second Anglo-Afghan War during which the regiment received four battle honors as seen on the silver regimental badge: KABUL, PEIWARKOTAL, CHARASIAH, KANDAHAR.
This fine sporran is constructed from leather faced with white horse hair and black horsehair whisks. It bears an engraved brass back plate and the silvered regimental badge of Seaforth and Cameron Highlanders regiment showing only the four battle honors received in the 1878-1880 campaign in Afghanistan and none of a later date which indicates this Scottish military sporran dates from the late Victorian era (1880-1885).
Complete with leather belt loops to rear, one needing re-stitching and leather document change purse, the leather in excellent condition. A wonderful display item for any household with Scottish roots!
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