H. E. I. C. Bengal Artillery, officer’s coatee button, 14mm


Bengal Artillery, an example of an officer’s 14mm coatee button of the open backed style, probably in use until around 1840, retaining almost all of the original gilt. It has no backmark. The button has the design of the title BENGAL ARTILLERY on a garter around the typical three cannons with three cannon balls above the garter. The Bengal Artillery ceased to exist after the Indian Mutiny when the artilleries of the three Presidencies were absorbed into the Royal Artillery. This pattern was worn up to the Mutiny but we are not quite sure when the closed back style replaced the earlier open backed [see elsewhere in this category for an example the closed back].   oct21/3

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