4th or Kings Own Regiment of Foot Stovepipe shako Plate

A 4th or Kings Own Regiment of Foot brass or copper Stovepipe shako plate circa 1800-1810 comprising a regulation helmet plate with the usual crown over a garter strap with the Latin words HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE and in the center a lion with various trophies of arms on each side of the strap. At the bottom is a GR cipher within a ribbon stating Kings Own Infantry. Fixing holes have been punched into the plate at 9.00, 12.00 and 3.00 o’clock and would have been used to secure the plate to the stovepipe shako via cotton thread.
Overall the condition is fair with high point wear to the lion with commensurate loss of some detail and one or two ripples in the pate. It is difficult to determine whether this was an officer’s example or an O/R’s version as there is little remaining evidence of any fire gilt residue and the plate is now aged with a dark patina where the brass has age darkened over time. Nonetheless regimentally marked helmet plates of this age are extremely rare to find.

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