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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]


Just a short note to let you know that I have collected the Police fur cap this morning from the Post Office. I am really happy with it, and for sure I will give a thumbs-up to your service. This was the first item I ever bought from you, and I hope it will not be the last.

I G, Malta, 03.10.2005

Hi Chris, medals arrived safely and I am very pleased, will leave a mention for you on a military collectors forum and hopefully you may pick up some business.

Once again thank you.

Wayne Sinnot, UK, 04.08.2005