Napoleonic War Recruitment Poster 58th Rutlandshire Regiment of Foot c1811
Heading: Napoleonic war recruitment poster 58th Rutlandshire Regiment of Foot c1811
Period: George III
Origin: Hertford, England
Medium: Printed paper
Size: Frame: height 46.2cm, width 32.8cm. Visible image: height 32cm, width 19.5cm
Condition: General creasing and staining. Some tears.
Weight: 1300 grams
Hand-dated for February 22 1811, this poster is a rare survivor from the Naploeonic war period. Recruiting for the 58th Rutlandshire Regiment in the Hertford area, gallant young men seemed to have been selected on age and height rather than suitability. In a far cry from today's world, numbers were clearly preferred over skill.
The regiment's battle honours include Gibraltar, Egypt, Maida, Salamanca, Vittoria, Pyrenees and the New Zealand Land Wars. In 1881 the regiment was amalgamated with the 48th Northamptonshire Regiment to become the Northamptonshire Regiment.
The fee payable to the bringer of the recruit was three guineas if the recruit was 5 feet four inches or more and under the age of 35. If five feet three of more and under the age of 18 the fee remained the same. For those under the age of 17 and a minimum of 5 feet two inches then just two guineas were payable.
Framed, mounted and glazed, this poster shows it's age but that is also a great part of it's charm. A must for any collector connected with this or the Northamptonshire Regiment. After many military cost cutting reviews, the memory of the regiment lives on in the modern day Royal Anglican Regiment.
This is a probate item.
Eric Knowles Comment. I wonder what a six foot six Yorkshireman would be worth.
- Product Code: 2019110242
- Availability: Sold