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Title 1881 pattern Seaforth Highlanders officer's belt plate
Nationality Scottish
Period c 1890

A sound example, but missing virtually all its gilding. Marked on the reverse 'R. & H.B. KIRKWOOD // 66 & 68 THISTLE STREET // EDINBURGH'. The mounts are silver and the plate is gilding metal, which in its heyday would have had a mercury gilt finish or possibly electro-gilt.

Belt plates like these were worn by Scottish regiments in full dress right up to the mid-1950s and possibly later, long after the British army as a whole had ceased to wear them in 1855. They supported the sword on a baldrick belt of white buff leather.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Militaria : Badges : Scottish : 19th Century]


Sword arrived today. Fabulous. This is an excellent example of a fighting sword of its period, and a real gem. The 1828 Pattern is such a gorgeous sword, and this is a fine example. Even my bride is impressed and she doesn’t really get swords.

G F, New Zealand, 06.11.2013

I have safely received the VK 2 award. Many thanks for dealing with my order so promptly.

I G, UK, 28.03.2006