The North York Militia Officer’s Cuff Detail, 1803-15
The North York Militia Officer’s Cuff Detail, 1803-15
The North York Militia Officer’s Cuff Detail, 1803-15
The North York Militia Officer’s Cuff Detail, 1803-15
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The North York Militia Officer’s Cuff Detail, 1803-15

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Overall: 17.5cm (6.75in) x 22.5cm (8.75in)

A cuff detail from an officer’s coatee of the North York Militia at the time of the Napoleonic Wars, comprising black velvet cuff facing decorated with silver lace and silvered regimental convex buttons embossed with a crowned Garter encircling a rose, over the title NORTH / YORK in Roman capitals. Framed and glazed.

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The present uniform detail dates to the period of the fourth embodiment of the regiment on 18 March 1803 under Colonel Lord Dundas. From 1812 it was permitted to practice light infantry drill, and from 1814 it was known unofficially (and later officially) as the North York Light Infantry. The officers buttons at this date were produced to two designs, one with two petals upward beneath the crown, and, as we have here, one with a single petal directly beneath the crown. This latter type appears to be the design of John Philip an artist working at Matthew Boulton’s Soho Mint in Birmingham. Philip began working for Boulton as a teenager in 1793, and died in 1815, neatly bookending the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars with France.

Col. Sir Ralph Milbanke by James Northcote at the Yale Centre for British Art.