George III / George IV Officer’s 16th Bedfordshire Regiment of Foot Regency Shako Plate.
A Superb and Extremely Rare Officers Example of a gilt domed circular plate with beaded edging, to the centre of the dome is the number 16 flanked to the left and right by laurel sprays, all this surmounted with a fine gilt crown. The reverse carries the two original loops.A truly magnificent example of this now extremely rare 16th Bedfordshire Regiment of Foot Regency Shako Plate.
Bedfordshire Regiment of Foot: the origins of the regiment go back to the 9th of October in the year of 1688 when the raising of Archibald Douglas’ Regiment of Foot was authorised by King James the 2nd in response to the threat posed to his throne by Prince William of Orange. The regiment was raised in the southern counties of England, and was embodied in Reading, Berkshire. The new regiment was ordered to London to oppose William’s forces, but refused to fight. James fled the country, allowing William to become king. Colonel Douglas, an adherent of the displaced monarch, was replaced by Robert Hodges and the regiment was allowed to continue in existence as part of William’s army. 16th bedfordshire regiment of foot regency pattern shako plate.