British military belt-plate found in New York
Overall: 2 3/4 x 2 1/8 in. ( 7 x 5.4 cm )
engraved: (1), front of plate: "SURREY REGIMENT/70" (70th British Regiment, Surrey)
Brass belt-plate; rectangular plate with regiment number bordered by circle in the shape of a belt; enclosed within the belt is the name of the regiment; British crown atop the belt and anchor hanging from the bottom.
This belt-plate was found near Lake Champlain in New York, and was worn by a private of the 70th Regiment at the point where his cross-belts intersected in the middle of his chest. The regiment arrived in Quebec in November, 1813, and took part in the unsuccessful British offensive against Plattsburgh on Lake Champlain in 1814. The plate may have been thrown away by a soldier during the expedition, or been taken from the uniform of a soldier killed in action.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.