Diameter: 2 in. (5.1 cm)
Round bonnet badge from 71st Regiment of Foot (Fraser's Highlanders) British Army. Found by William Howland Pell (1833-1911) in the garden of the country home of his grandfather, John H. Howland (1774-1849) at Bloomingdale about 1840, at what is now Riverside Drive and 86th Street. Text label in object file.
Paper backing in object file with text: Solid Silver Sword-belt Plate of Lieut. James Edwards of the 28th Regiment of the British Army in the American Revolution. this belt plate was found at teh opening of Arden Street, Inwood, New York City, on the site of hte Hessian Body Regiment Camp of 1779. Edwards was commissioned an Ensign in the 28th Regiment in 1772. Commissioned Captain in the 28th August 23rd, 1775. He was wounded st the battle of Brandywine, September 11th, 1777. He sold out to Ensign John Thomas, June 15th, 1778. A James Edwards was commissioned Captain in Bannister Tarlton's "British Legion", October 24th, 1778. He was probably the same Edwards who owned the belt plate. This Beltplate is the property of William L. Calver.
Gift of Captain Howland Pell, 1920
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