The Royal Irish Regiment


Officer's Waistbelt Clasp 1881-1901


The waistbelt clasp worn by officers of the 18th remained similar in design from 1856 to 1914. It was worn with the gold laced dress belt and the white leather parade belt. Before 1881 the lettering around the centre was the regimental motto, but after 1881 the regimental title replaced it. The Queen's crown is on this example but that changed to the king's crown after 1901. Lelia Ryan, in her book on waistbelt clasps states that the Dress Regulations of 1874 called for the number 18 to be below the harp.


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by Stephen Luscombe