3rd Madras Native Infantry, a fine George III or IV period officer’s 19mm button


A very fine and early example of an officer’s silver plated button of the 3rd Madras Native Infantry 2nd Battalion. The 19mm button has the backmark W. & R SMITH with the Prince of Wales’s feathers often associated with Jennens buttons. This is the largest size worn on the coatee and has the design of 3 NI 2BN within a wreath. It is in exceptionally good condition retaining all the original silver plated finish. The button dates from around 1800-1824 and is the only example we have found of one displaying a specific battalion within a regiment. The regiment was raised in 1785 and the 2nd Bn. was later to become the 73rd Carnatic Infantry. Indian regimental buttons from the reigns of George III & George IV are now extremely hard to find. nov21/1