medal code j2258

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VICTORIAN BOER WAR ERA DARK CAVALRY BELT AND EARLY CARTRIDGE BOX TO THE KAFFRARIAN RIFLES.

Brown leather sword belt with fittings in nickel. Buckle is of the ‘S’ snake type with a hook fitting to the rear for sword. The belt has smaller capacity cavalry type cartridge box fitted to it (removable by loops), which is of a type produced any time from the 1840’s onwards. This has the tin separations for the cartridges and cap pouch fitted to front. The cartridge box has a Victorian Kaffrarian Rifles W/M/Silver badge fitted to the front.

Since the badge is circa Boer War (queens crown means no later than 1901) and the belt/pouch are of a type used with prior to this, they were probably reissued during the Boer War period or just prior and used for not cap ammunition. Certainly whereas the cartridge box inner flap is very supple from use, the cap pouch looks hardly used.

The Kaffarian Rifles were a very famous South African unit, formed in the Zulu War but disbanded by the Wars end. The unit was reformed in the 1880’s, serving in various conflicts and gaining various battle honours during the Boer war.

Belt and pouch are in excellent condition with no issues bar a little damage to one side of the inner cartridge box flap (flap complete) . All the leather is very supple and the belt especially shows signs that it has been worn a great deal. A scarce set of equipment.

Code J2258        Price £335