Officer's Shoulder Scale c1830



Gilt shoulder scales were worn by officers on the dark blue frockcoat from the 1820s through to the 1840s, although in silver up until 1830. The badge of the Bays identifies it although the button in this reproduction is obscure. It is not known when the word BAYS was first used on regimental badges but this is proof that it was used in its old English typeface in the 1830s. Other Ranks had a similar brass shoulder scale for dress wear but probably without the silver badge. This example is one of a pair auctioned at Bosleys. Included in the lot was a waistbelt plate embellished with the crown and cypher of William IV.


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by Stephen Luscombe