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The Queen’s Royal Regiment (West Surrey) - A Table Top Box, 1830
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The Queen’s Royal Regiment (West Surrey) - A Table Top Box, 1830

Measurements: Overall: 9.5cm (3.75in) x 7.5cm (3in) x 7cm (2.75in)

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A William IV gilt-brass officer’s shoulder belt plate applied with the Pascal lamb and flag in silver, over the regimental number ‘2’, on a ground of blue over green enamel, encircled by a garter inscribed with the regimental motto in silver ‘Pristinae Virtutis Memor’ (Mindful of Former Valour) on red enamel, the whole over a Sphinx inscribed ‘Egypt’ and surrounded by a wreath of laurels entwined with Peninsula War Battle Honour scrolls in silver, all beneath the crown. This forming the hinged lid of the wooden box base.

Following the practice of cavalry officers who had their silver shoulder belt pouch flaps adapted as lids of a variety of table top boxes, after retiring from the service, the present box is an unusual variation on a theme. Infantry officers’ shoulder belt plates were worn universally until 1855. the present example was introduced in 1830.

Reference: Parklyn, Major H.G., (1956) ‘Shoulder-Belt Plates & Buttons’, page 74, fig. 83.
 

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