Highland Light Infantry Silver, Enamel & Diamante Sweetheart Brooch. Early 20th Century

Early 20th century
Silver & Enamel
3cm x 3cm
Standard Parcel
£ 110
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Highland Light Infantry Sweetheart Brooch in silver with blue enamelled motto (ASSAYE) over an elephant (the regimental mascot) and red enamel kings crown. Diamante of various sizes. Marked "Silver England" to rear.
Charming brooch based on the cap badge of the Highland Light Infantry. Good condition with all diamante fittings present and correct.
The Highland Light Infantry (HLI) was formed as part of the Childers Reforms on 1 July 1881 by the amalgamation of the 71st (Highland) Light Infantry (as the 1st Battalion) and the 74th (Highland) Regiment of Foot (as the 2nd Battalion) as the city regiment of Glasgow, absorbing local Militia and Rifle Volunteer units. Its exact status was ambiguous: although the regiment insisted on being classified as a non-kilted Highland regiment it recruited mainly from Glasgow in Lowland Scotland. It was amalgamated with the Royal Scots Fusiliers in 1959 to form the Royal Highland Fusiliers (Princess Margaret‘s Own Glasgow and Ayrshire Regiment).