27 July 2000
An Irish Officer's 18th Century Shoulderbelt-plate, possibly of the Kilkenny Infantry
A rare oval brass plate, circa 1780, 2¾in x 2in., engraved with the Maid of Erin Harp beneath the Crown, flanked by letters K and I
See illustration opposite
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The initials KI on this plate could be for the infantry of Kerry, Kildare or Kilkenny. Kildare had no infantry at this time and Kerry had the Tarbert Infantry, suggesting Kilkenny as the most likely possibility.
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