42nd Royal Highlanders Officer’s Shoulder Belt Plate

A 42nd Royal Highlanders Officer’s Shoulder Belt Plate of the pattern worn by the regiment during the Crimean war and up until 1881 when the regimental number was officially removed from the shoulder belt plate and replaced with a St Andrew device.
The belt plate comprises a seeded gilt plate with a raised gilt burnished rim. In the centre of the plate is a cut silver star of the Order of the Thistle with the Arabic numerals for 42 within a gilt circle inscribed with the motto of the order, a wreath of thistle round and a crown above, below the wreath a sphinx in recognition of services in Egypt 1801.
The reverse of the plate shows two hooks and buttons for attachment to the highland baldrick sword belt and has some gilt overspill and general age related wear. The obverse is in good condition with beautiful burnished high points.