Dating royal artillery buttons
The Royal Regiment of Artillery is the artillery arm of the British Army and has been in official service since 1716.
Despite the name, the unit actually comprises several regiments.
The high relief pattern is set within a sunken Robert’s Comments: The 45th Regt.
of Foot was a British Army Line infantry regiment which was raised by Colonel Danial Houghton in 1741 for the War of Australia Succession. The regiment saw action during the Father Le Loutre’s War, the French & Indian War, Peninsular War, the First Anglo Burmese War, the Xhosa Wars, as well as the American Revolution. .In the American Revolution they saw action in the Battle of Long Island in August of 1776, and had a detachment of a 100 men partake in the Danbury raid.
It has participated in every campaign in which the Army has been involved. Until 1716, they were provided by artillery trains, raised and disbanded on a campaign-by-campaign basis.
But that year, King George I issued a Royal Warrant to set up two permanent field artillery companies of 100 men each.
During the American Revolution the British Artillery enlisted men mainly wore unmarked (blank) flat brass buttons.
Although, from officer’s portraits of the era, we know that there were two types of Officer’s buttons used.
The small crown has two raised stipples flanking each side.The National Army Museum works together with Regimental and Corps Museums across the country to help provide a network of military museums for everyone to visit and enjoy.Explore the history and collections of the Royal Artillery by visiting the Salisbury Plain Heritage Centre.The RHA provided artillery support to the cavalry and continued in a separate role.The RFA was the largest branch, providing howitzers and medium artillery near the front line.