Indian Army - 104th Wellesley Rifles Officers Hallmarked Silver Pouch Belt Badge, 1903 - 1922
A stunning hallmarked silver full dress belt plate as worn by officers of the 104th Wellesley Rifles from 1903 until 1922. With matching Birmingham Hallmarks with date letter 'f' for 1905 to front and to the reverse of the solid silver backplate and also maker's details 'JRG & S' (JR Gaunt & Sons). Three of three original screw posts to the reverse with their original retaining nuts and washers. . Circa 9.5cm tall. Sharp detail with no polishing. Scarce.
A Maltese Cross within a wreath, solid ground, no lions at arms of cross, bugle horn at centre, king's crown above, BOURBON on scroll beneath crown, SERINGAPATAM, KANDAHAR 1880 / MOOLTON, AFGHANISTAN 1879-80 / PUNJAB, CENTRAL INDIA / MYSORE, BENI BOO ALI, HYDERADAB on arms of cross, PERSIA, BUSHIRE, RUSHIRE, KOOSHAB, BRITISH EAST AFRICA 1898 on scrolls on wreath, KIRKEE, BRUMA 1885-1887, ABYSSINIA on scrolls beneath. Description and identification from the Sir John Chapple catalogue collection listing, page 196. he also states this pattern was also worn by the 123rd Outram's Rifles and 125th Napier's Rifles.
Previously recorded examples: h/m 1909 and 1910.