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The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) - Toleware Regimental Plaque, 1905
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The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) - Toleware Regimental Plaque, 1905

Measurements: Height: 39cm (15.25in)



Painted tin. The convex escutcheon painted with the ancient regimental badge of a dragon vert on a buff ground over the motto ‘Veteri Frondescit Honore’ (Its Ancient Honour Flourishes).

The dragon, a supporter in the arms of Queen Elizabeth I, was given as a badge to Thomas Morgan's Company of Foot, The London Trained Bands, which existed between 1572 to 1648, and which is perceived as an ancestor of the The Buffs. Morgan’s Company fought in the Low Countries during the Dutch Revolt and in the Anglo-Spanish War (1585-1604). In the 18th century both the dragon and the buff facings (worn on cuffs, lapels and coat linings) remained particular distinctions of the regiment. A Royal Warrant of 1751 standardising all colours, insignia and uniforms listed the regiment as the ‘3rd Regiment, or The Buffs’.