A Waterloo period Heavy Cavalry Officer’s Waist Belt Plate
A very rare Waterloo period Officer’s Waist belt Plate worn by the heavy cavalry at the battle of Waterloo in 1815.
The gilt backing plate, now with heavy age wear would have originally been gilded but sadly only minor areas of fire gilt now remain around the edges of the ornamentation. The silver (white metal) device comprises a laurel wreath with a ribbon scroll at the bottom showing the words DIEU ET MON DROIT. In the centre is the cipher for King George III and above this a royal crown.
The reverse has screws and nuts to secure the various pieces of silver ornamentation and in addition the plate has a flat metal loop and a bar for attaching to either a buff sword belt or a full dress lace sword belt. Overall the condition is good for its age and whilst little evidence of its original fire gild now remain it is nonetheless a very nice example of its type and given its rarity would add to any collection.