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Title 2nd West India regiment officer's shako plate
Nationality British
Period c 1844-55

This regiment was raised at the beginning of the French Revolutionary Wars (in 1793) as the St Vincent's Rangers. In 1795, it became the 2nd West India Regiment, stationed initially in Martinique, then Granada, Trinidad and finally Jamaica until sometime after the renewal of the Napoleonic Wars in 1803.

This unit, together with the 1st and 3rd battalions, continued to serve in the British army through the Great War until 1928 when the 2nd Battalion was disbanded.

The 1st West India Regiment plate had four battle honours embossed on the arms of the star and on a wreath under the numeral.

This plate has lost all its reverse fittings, which have been snipped off, as frequently happened with earlier collectors when they were mounting their displays. However, all the gilding is original, with only the fixing pins at the reverse having been replaced. Some of the gilt finish to the mount for the silver numeral has worn off and this whole central mount has been padded out with cottonwool to hold it in position.

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