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Title Shropshire Yeomanry OR's waist buckle
Nationality British
Period c 1882-1939

In 1872, the North & South Shropshire Yeomanry (consisting of 14 troops) amalgamated. In 1882, the sword belt was worn outside the tunic; prior to this it was worn under a girdle with perhaps a plain snake buckle. This version would still have been worn with dress uniform between WW1 & 2. I believe the belt would have been pipe-clayed buff leather.

The leopard head is derived from the county coat of arms, which has three leopard heads. The original troops of the regiment were raised in 1795. Until spring 1940 this was a cavalry unit, which then became two medium artillery regiments. Before conversion, the SY was based on the farming community, with 75% recruited from farming families. They even provided their own horses!

The buckle is die-struck gilding metal. The slot measures 2 1/16 inches (ie would take a belt of about 2 inches wide). The front measures 2.5 x 3 1/8 inches.

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[Belt Buckles : British : 19th Century]


Bayonet arrived safe and well earlier, finally got a chance to unwrap it and have a quick peek and am very pleased, thanks!

T R, UK, 07.11.2013

The sword arrived safely and I am extremely pleased with the purchase.

B T, Canada, 05.12.2011