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Title Pair Sheffield Plate yeomanry officer's epaulettes
Nationality British
Period 1825-38

These pieces can be fairly precisely dated, both by style and by the name on the small buttons, Nortzel & Broughton, who worked at Bouverie Street, off Fleet Street, London, between 1825 and 1838. They would have had regimental devices (sadly now missing) screwed on through the holes. They are about 15 cms long.

These are made of double-sided Sheffield Plate, ie copper base metal with silver finish fused on to the metal by mercury amalgam process in an oven. These were black, filthy and a bit mothy when I bought them. All the moth detritus has been carefully cleaned out (I dismantled the cloth elements to do this). There are still areas of wear and patination that I have been unable to improve.

I know that they are yeomanry by virtue of the silver colour - all line regiment cavalry at this period would have had gilt/brass fittings on their accoutrements.

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

[Militaria : Tunics : British : 19th Century]


[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015

Safely arrived. Many thanks for the information. Your site is on my list of favourites.

R B, UK, 16.11.2005