22nd Punjaub Native Infantry 17mm


A good Victorian 17mm example of a 22nd Punjaub NI officer’s gilt button with queen’s crown. The button appears to pre-date 1886 when the term Native was dropped from the title of infantry regiments and the earlier spelling PUNJAUB may indicate that this was the first pattern used by the regiment. Although the variant spelling is not mentioned in Poulsom: Buttons of the Indian Army Vol VI  it usually went out of use around the time of the Sikh Wars. The back mark is FIRMIN & Sons Ld, LONDON. The 22nd was formed in 1857 as part of the Punjab forces fighting the rebels of that year. Two of its companies were formed of Sikhs. The regiment became part of the 2nd Punjab Regt in the 1922 reforms. SOLD 24th January 2020