Officer's Belt Plate 1825-c1831

The addition of the stringed bugle to the badge of the 13th would have occurred in 1822 when the 13th became light infantry, but this drawing from Parkyn's book dates after 1825 as the battle honour AVA as awarded on 6 Dec 1825 and appears on the left hand scroll below the Georgian crown which has reappeared on the design. This plate was at first silver but when the regiment changed from being a silver-laced regiment to gold in 1830 the belt plate would have been changed to a gilt plate with silver mounts. A portrait of 1833 (see Uniforms) shows a different gilt and silver design, without a crown, having a more prominent laurel wreath with a stringed bugle and XIII inside, and the Sphinx below.

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