Cross Belt Plate- Regiment de. Watteville
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- This rectangular bass plate is stamped with a crown and “GR” cipher with an inscription: “MAIDA” (above crown) and “Reg. de. Watteville” (below cipher). This item is from a cross belt of a uniform of a Regiment of Swiss mercenaries in the British Service, possibly led by Lieutenant Colonel Victor Fisher of De Watteville. This regiment was stationed in Upper Canada during the war of 1812 and helped in the defense of Fort Erie in August 1814, which was later burned down by the Americans. Further research in 2010 suggests this was a foreign mercenary regiment.
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