George IV Officer’s 16th Bedfordshire Regiment of Foot Regency Pattern Shako Plate.
Superb and Very Rare Officer’s Example.
A silver rayed facetted star with a roped circlet to the centre, within the circlet are gilt numerals “XVI” lying on a bed of white enamel, all this surmounted by a fine gilt crown inlaid with lush crimson velvet. With the original two loops to the reverse, one retaining wire is absent. This is a truly magnificent example of this now very rare 16th Bedfordshire Regiment of Foot Regency Pattern Shako Plate.
Bedfordshire Regiment of Foot: the regiment was formed on the 9th of October in the year of 1688 and was initially known as the Archibald Douglas Regiment of Foot . It is the last regiment to be referred to as the ‘senior’ regiments who are raised during the last year of King James II’s reign, which saw the organisation of a more permanent army. Having been raised around Uxbridge and Reading they had their headquarters at Stony Stratford, Buckinghamshire. When the Prince of Orange takes over the throne from James II, Douglas refuses to serve under the new King and Robert Hodges is given command of the regiment. Just six other officers take the oath with Hodges, including Hans Hamilton who would rise through the ranks to command the regiment from 1713. 16th bedfordshire regiment of foot regency pattern shako plate.
Very Good Condition. enamel is in good condition but would benefit from a “professional” clean.