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Title 83rd Foot (Royal Irish Rifles) NCO's shako plate, last pattern
Nationality British
Period c 1869-78

This regiment dates back to 1758. In 1763 it was disbanded; in 1778 it was re-raised as the Royal Glasgow Volunteers and then disbanded in 1783 at the end of the American War. It was re-raised in 1793 and, in 1859, renamed the 83rd (County of Dublin) Foot. In 1881, it became the 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles.

There appear to be traces of gilding to the face of this plate, but it is not of the quality you would expect to see for an officer's piece, being distinctly on the thin side. However, the traces of gilding clearly suggest that this is not an other ranks' helmet plate. There are two extremely short lugs on the reverse, which is typical for this series of helmet plates.

This was worn on the last pattern shako, before the introduction of the 1878 pattern Home Service helmet (blue cloth).

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[Militaria : Badges : British : 19th Century]


Just to let you know that the bayonets arrived safely this morning and I am extremely happy! They are everything that I had hoped they would be, but better! I am extremely pleased that i purchased them from you. The 1867 Albini ... is an absolute beauty, the blade is immaculate. The other is in fact in far better condition that I had imagined as well. So all in all, I couldn't be happier! Many thanks Chris.

I very much look forward to doing business with you again in the near future.

Russell Thomas, Norway, 15.08.2013

My bayonet arrived this morning, super fast delivery! It's an excellent bayonet and I'm very pleased with it!!

S A, UK, 12.12.2007