A Grenadier Guards Officer’s Shoulder belt plate circa 1837 to 1855
A very rare Grenadier Guards officer’s gilt shoulder belt plate worn between 1837 and 1855.
The gilt stippled back plate comprises a large gilt grenade device with the royal cipher of Queen Victoria with a crown above laid onto the ball of the grenade. As was so typical of the Grenadier Guards many of the accroutrements are understated and simple in design.
There’s was the belief that being a Grenadier Guard was sufficient prestige not to require elaborate fashions or accroutrements as was often the custom in these times.
The reverse of the plate has two hooks and buttons for attaching to a buff leather sword belt or baldrick and the plate shows signs of verdigree etc.
Overall the condition is good although the gilt appears to have been largely worn away in the most part and hence is reflected in the price otherwise a nice example to the premier regiment in the British Army.