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Title City of London & Westminster Light Horse Volunteers silver shoulder belt plate
Nationality British
Period 1797

This is hall marked for London 1797, with maker's mark (FT, probably Francis Thirkell), king's head and lion passant. These plates had a high survival rate, being made for all ranks, illustrating the relative wealth of the unit (bankers, lawyers, etc). If ever there was an iconic SBP for the yeomanry cavalry of the Napoleonic wars, this is it!

This plate has been faked extensively as a cast copy. However, the distinguishing feature on the copies is that the hallmarks appear to have a matted ground to the field of the punch, whereas in the originals it is completely flat. Its condition is excellent for its age with relatively little serious wear.

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

[BELT BUCKLES : British : 18th Century]


Having received the beautiful medal that has been the subject of many recent phone calls, I am absolutely delighted with it. More importantly, the research you provided into the military backgrounds of all those involved made it all the more poignant. Thank you for your highly professional and friendly help and advice throughout the transaction.

Edward Hudson, UK, 10.02.2011

Buckle arrived this morning. Better than expected. Many thanks.

M H, UK, 11.12.2007