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Edwardian "52nd Regiment of Foot" Ring

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Edwardian "52nd Regiment of Foot" Ring

$1,400.00


Description

DATE: Edwardian, c.1910

An Edwardian period British Army regimental ring commemorating the 52nd (Oxfordshire) Regiment of Foot. It's crafted in 18 karat gold and platinum with round openworked and diamond-set head depicting the insignia of the regiment, known as "The Light Blobs", which was active between 1755 and 1881. 

Initially raised as a line regiment numbered as the 54th Foot, they were renumbered as the 52nd in 1757. Throughout the period of it's existence, the 52nd comprised both infantry and cavalry line regiments, as well as Household Divisions. They saw active service during the American War of Independence, in India during the Anglo-Mysore Wars, and during the Napoleonic wars, where they were present for the majority of the Peninsula campaign and at Waterloo, forming part of the final charge against Napoleon's Imperial Guard. This latter conflict led Sir William Napier to describe them as "a regiment never surpassed in arms since arms were first borne by men". Given this ring was made approx. 30 years after the regiment was disbanded it's tricky to know why it was made or by whom, but clearly by someone with a strong association with the 52nd. 

STONES 

Diamond

MEASUREMENTS 

Head: 12.5 x 12.5mm

Width of band: 1.8mm

WEIGHT 

3.5g

MARKS 

Stamped 18

CONDITION 

Excellent

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