COLDSTREAM GUARDS ALBERT SHAKO PLATE 1845 to 1855 PATTERN
A fine very scarce short lived due to suitability, other ranks Prince Albert Shako plate in brass with 2 iron loops to reverse and two peice construction.
The oldest regiment in the Regular Army in continuous active service, originating in Coldstream, Scotland in 1650 when General George Monck founded the regiment. It is one of two regiments of the Household Division that can trace its lineage to the New Model Army, the other being the Blues and Royals (Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons).
During the Crimean War, The Coldstream Regiment started with this pattern during the battle of Alma. But was found unsuitable for wear in engagements and the forage cap worn invariably by troops at Inkerman, Sevastopol / remainder of campaign. On their return, four men of the regiment were awarded the newly instituted Victoria Cross.
The regiment received its current name, The Coldstream Guards, in 1855.