Officer's Belt Plate 1829-55

The white leather belt worn by officers over the right shoulder supported the sword and was decorated with a this belt plate. It is of burnished gilt with a simple design of a gilt laurel wreath and crown surrounding a silver Sphinx of EGYPT and 24. When the uniform changed in 1855 from the tailed coatee to the tunic the sword was slung from a waist-belt and the belt plate was discontinued.

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by Stephen Luscombe