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Title 1st Baluch Light Infantry officer's crossbelt pouch badge
Nationality British Empire
Period c 1890
Price £150.00

This regiment was raised by Sir Charles Napier for local service in Scinde province
in 1844 and was the only Bombay unit at the siege of Delhi. It then went on to serve in Abyssinia (1866) and Afghanistan (1878-80).

It became 27th Bombay Native Infantry after the Mutiny, 127th Queen Mary's Own Baluch Light Infantry in 1903, then 3/10th Queen Mary's Own Baluch Regiment in 1922.

This plate has had a hard life, with the reverse plate now fitted with extraneous elements to serve as a woman's belt buckle. However, the badge itself, a good bazaar-casting example in unhallmarked silver, has only a few small faults: the lugs have been shortened (two effectively removed); the surface has been well polished, with the Balooch L.I. title being partially worn out; the washers on the reverse plate have been sweated on. For all this, it is an uncommon plate for a splendid unit!

NB: It is spelt Balooch on the plate itself; however, modern spelling appears to render it as Baluch.


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[Militaria : Badges : British Empire : 19th Century]

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