71st Highland Light Infantry 16 mm pewter button, pre 1855


71st Highland Light Infantry. A 16mm open backed pewter button with the unusual backmark HOWELL GILPIN & CO.  This is a very well made button in unusually good condition for a pewter example, so many of which are very degraded, even those which are not the result of metal detecting. The button retains its original iron shank. The maker is one I cannot recall coming across before.     feb27/5

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