Kings Royal Rifle Corps ORs Sealskin Busby

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Kings Royal Rifle Corps ORs Sealskin Busby

A Victorian Black sealskin busby of the KRRC with black cords forming a plaited festoon at the front, plain black cloth crown, black corded boss mounted with a replacement post 1902 Kings Crown bugle horn in blackened metal. Complete with it’s short black over red horsehair plume.
Size: 6 7/8 UK Size: 7 US

The King's Royal Rifle Corps was raised in the American colonies in 1756 as the 62nd (Royal American) Regiment to defend the thirteen colonies against attack by the French and their native American allies. After Braddock's defeat in 1755, royal approval for a new regiment, as well as funds, were granted by Parliament just before Christmas 1755 – hence the regiment's traditional birthday of Christmas Day. However parliamentary delays meant it was 4 March 1756 before a special act of parliament created four battalions of 1,000 men each to include foreigners for service in the Americas.
According to a regimental history compiled in 1879 by a captain in the Kings Royal Rifle Corps, in November 1755 Parliament voted the sum of £81,000 for the purpose of raising a regiment of four battalions, each one thousand strong for service in British North America. Parliament approved “An Act to enable His Majesty to grant commissions to a certain number of foreign Protestants, who have served abroad as officers or engineers, to act and rank as officers or engineers in America only, under certain restrictions and regulations.” Earl of Loudoun, who as commander-in-chief of the forces in North America, was appointed colonel-in-chief of the regiment. About fifty officers’ commissions were given to Germans and Swiss, but none were allowed to rise above the rank of lieutenant-colonel.

Good Condition. some minor fur loss and missing it’s black patent leather chinstrap, the blackened bugle has been sewn onto the original boss.

Availability: SOLD

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