Madras. 10th Native Infantry officer’s gilt button


The officer’s gilt, open backed, large sized 22mm coatee button has a Georgian style crown above a garter with lettering TENTH REGt and the battle honours AMBOOR ASSAYE. In the centre is a left facing elephant. This is often known as the Assaye elephant and appears on insignia of regiments associated with the 1803 battle, the first of the then Major General Arthur Wellesley’s great victories before he became Duke of Wellington. Only three other NI regiments played a part [1/2, 1/4, and 2/12]. The button has no backmark but is in good condition for its age with the copper showing through the gilt on the high points of the design. From the manufacture and style I think this East India Company button dates to the early decades of the 19th century. 

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