The Royal Irish Regiment

Officer's Shako Plate 1829-44

The centre of the badge is gilt on blue enamel, a maid of Erin harp on the Roman numeral XVIII. The motto is surrounded with a delicate wreath of shamrocks and the Sphinx of EGYPT rests on top. This is all on a silver hobnail star which in turn is mounted on a smooth universal gilt star that has the Georgian crown at the top. It was fixed to the front of the bell-topped shako that was worn in the infantry between 1829 and 1844.

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