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Gilded brass with crown. Any idea what this is?

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#1 paul kennedy

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 07:47 PM

This item came to me via the widow of a metal detector enthusiast. She didn't know where he found it, but said he dug in VA and PA.

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#2 Grant S.

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 02:34 AM

The crown looks like a British Queen's crown, the plate looks about right for a cartidge box shoulder belt (but possibly a bit small). It's possible that the Queen's Own Regiment might have worn such a thing during the AWI or war of 1812, whether they served in North America I don't know. It is also possible this is Victorian and might come from a Canadian Regiment or a British Regiment, perhaps from the Riel's Rebellion era, when they were still wearing the cross belt equipment and using Snider-Enfields.

#3 Allan H.

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 02:54 AM

As Grant said, that is a queen's crown, and to me, it looks like the crown of Queen Victoria, so it dates to the years of her reigned from 1837 to 1901, so that is a pretty wide time period for this belt plate to have been manufactured and used. I'll be honest- it looks pretty cheaply made for a Victorian period military accoutrement, so it could be something from one of the colonies. It most definitely does NOT date back to the American Revolution or the War of 1812.



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