A 1st or Royal Regiment of Foot Officer’s Shoulder Belt Plate 1844 – 55

An exceptionally rare 1st or Royal Regiment of Foot officer’s shoulder belt plate worn between 1844 and 1855.
The fire gilt oblong plate has a matted surface with burnished bright edges and a large silver ( white metal ) eight pointed star, in the centre is a gilt St. Andrew holding the cross of Scotland within an oval which in turn rests on a rich blue enamel background. At the bottom half of the oval is a scroll inscribed The Royal Regiment.
The reverse of the plate has good fire gilt overspill and retains its original hooks and buttons for attachment to a buff leather sword belt.
This particular plate would have been worn by junior officer’s of the regiment whilst on active service in the Crimea where they were engaged at the Alma, Inkermann and Sebastopol.
The shoulder belt plate is in very good condition with virtually all its original fire gilding intact. There is a very small area of enamel loss to the 9.00 o’clock position which does not detract from the appearance of the plate. A wonderful example of a very rare shoulder belt plate that would compliment any collection.