Officer's Waistbelt Plate 1837-55

This beautiful design in silver on a seeded gilt pate was worn with the gold laced waistbelt, two and a half inches wide. The plate is three and a quarter inches in length and was universal to most of the Dragoon Guards and Dragoons, but this one belonged to a Queen's Bays officer. The belt is edged with black velvet, to match the regimental facings at that time. The crown and cypher are those of Queen Victoria, and these changed according to the reigning monarch. The picture is taken from a Bosleys auction catalogue of June 2008.

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