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A George VI Regimental Presentation Silver Figure of a Northumberland Fusilier, 1938
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A George VI Regimental Presentation Silver Figure of a Northumberland Fusilier, 1938

Measurements: Overall height: 30cm (12in)

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Finely chased and modelled figure of a Northumberland Fusilier (5th Foot) in the uniform briefly adopted in 1836, when the 5th Foot were first designated Fusiliers. An illustration of this order of dress appears as the frontispiece to ‘A Short Narrative of the Fifth Regiment of Foot, or Northumberland Fusiliers; with a ... and Succession List of the Officers, from 1st January 1754 to 1st May, 1873.’ Height of figure: 22cm (8.75in). Raised on an ebonised stepped base. The silver base bearing the name of the Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company, 112 Regent Street, London. Hallmarked London 1938.

The original fusiliers in the British Army were The 7th Foot, Royal Regiment of Fuzileers raised in 1685. Armed with fusils rather than commonplace matchlocks of the period, their original purpose was to act as escort to artillery guns, as well as keeping discipline amongst the civilian drivers. The 21st Foot (Royal Scots Fusiliers) and 23rd Foot (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) also became fusiliers circa 1690 and 1702 respectively. The next regiment to receive the distinction of Fusilier status was the 5th Foot in 1836 but by this time the title was purely honorific and indicated picked men rather than special weapons.  

 

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