A 34th or Chicacole Light Infantry Officer‘s Shoulder Belt Plate circa 1840
A very rare Madras Native Infantry officer’s gilt and enamel shoulder belt plate to the 34th Chicacole Light Infantry circa 1840.
The plate comprises a seeded rectangular gilt backing plate upon which rests a silver ( white metal ) eight pointed hobnail star below which are two gilt ribbons with the battle honour AVA and below this the motto NOW OR NEVER.
In the centre of the silver star is a strung fire gilt powder horn with the Arabic numerals 34 resting on green enamel surrounded by a voided title strap with the words Chicacole Light Infantry on rich blue enamel. This enclosed within a laurel wreath and surmounted with a voided QVC crown which probably had crimson velvet behind. I have since had a piece of crimson velvet material inserted behinded the voided crown which is shown in image 5 of this description.
Part of a consignment of accroutrements belonging to an officer in the regiment which were discovered in a box in an old shed where they had presumably laid for many years in an untouched and unloved condition. The plate has now been professionally cleaned to expose virtually all its original fire gilt and is in very good condition with only minor loss of any fire gilt to the high points. One very minor chip to the green enamel and a small chip to the blue enamel which are barely noticeable to the naked eye otherwise 8/10 condition.