A 42nd Royal Highland Regiment of Foot Shoulder Belt Plate
A 42nd or Royal Highland Regiment of Foot Officer’s Georgian Shoulder Belt Plate worn between 1820 and 1845 comprising a gilt plate with the design in silver of a spray of thistles within which is a strap with the words NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT which is translated to mean “No one provokes me with impunity” and in the center the Arabic numerals 42.
Beneath the strap is the cross of St Andrew and various battle honor ribbons and a Sphinx over a ribbon stating Royal Highlanders. Later examples of this plate show the QVC crown and therefore it’s reasonable to date this example to the 1820’s as the crown is clearly of Georgian proportions and pedigree.
The reverse retains its original hooks and studs and is with age discoloration and evidence of gilt overspill. Overall a wonderful shoulder belt plate that is highly sort after and therefore this represents a good opportunity to acquire an example of this rare plate.