A Grenadier Guards Officerís Fur Cap Plate circa 1816
An exceptionally rare Grenadier Guards officerís bearskin cap badge dating to circa 1816.
Worn on the newly introduced fur cap in recognition of their services at Waterloo where they are credited with defeating Napoleonís famous Imperial Guard and subsequently were permitted to be called Grenadier Guards. Of course those of us that know our history also heap much deserved credit on the 52nd Foot who appear to have been over looked for their contribution to that splendid victory but that is another story !
An untouched example retaining what looks like much of its original fire gilt but is untouched at present. The plate comprises the Georgian Royal Arms with the motto DIEU ET MON DROIT within two ribbon straps under the feet of the unicorn and lion of England. The plate is currently secured by two small wires that hold the Royal Arms on to the black leather backing. There is evidence that five wires protruded from the plate through the leather which presumably served to secured the plate to the fur cap. The leather is now extremely fragile and hence why I have not attempted to have the gilt plate professionally cleaned for fear of damaging the leather backing.
Cap badges of this period are exceptionally rare and very few examples have survived, however there are a number of contemporary portraits that clearly show this type of badge on the grenadier Guards fur cap.
In good condition for its age although the leather is extremely fragile.