Seventeenth Lancers

This item was found whilst clearing my sister’s house. My nephew thought it might be a family piece and brought it to me. I’m fairly certain it has no old family connection, but I don’t know what it is or where it came from. It is a piece of military insignia.


The centre is occupied by the royal crest – lion, unicorn and shield etc. Immediately below is the 17th Lancers motif of a skull with ‘or glory’ written under it. Near the bottom it says Seventeenth Lancers and battle honours in the Crimean war are named as well.

I think, but having no real military expertise, I’m not certain that this is a helmet badge, sometimes called a chapska plate. A similar one seen on the web was altogether posher – made of white metal which probably means silver. This is just pressed bronze, perhaps.

Any further information gratefully received. Thanks


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2 Responses to “Seventeenth Lancers”

  1. David Harwood Says:

    Hi there
    Have you still got this helmet plate and if so would you be interested in selling it ?

    Many Thanks

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