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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]


Many thanks, badge was awaiting my return today. Pleasure dealing with you again. I'll be back again.

P B, UK, 20.02.2008

Thank you. I have received the bayonet. It is indeed in excellent condition and miracle! It fits my antique P53 perfectly.

A F, Belgium, 29.08.2005