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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 of an identical pair which I recently sold (and came in the same batch), 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 and 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. They undress epaulettes as worn with the stable jacket or possibly the frock coat.

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

[Militaria : Tunics : British : 19th Century]


I received the 1859 Enfield bayonet and this one is simply awesome.

O L, USA, 07.10.2018

Hi Chris, kukris received, love them, many thanks

S H, UK, 17.08.2015