British regimental waist belt, 40th Regiment of Foot, circa 1855. Part of a uniform worn by Lieutenant. de N. Lucas, 40th Regiment of Foot (1832-1892).

Lieutenant de N. Lucas served as an officer with the 40th (2nd Somersetshire Regiment of Foot), which was one of the British regiments present at the attack on the Eureka Stockade at Ballarat, December 1854. In 1866 he served with the 40th in the Maori wars before returning to South Australia as the governor's aide. Lieutenant de N. Lucas left the British Army in 1869 and received an appointment as a musketry instructor in the Victorian Volunteer Forces.

Physical Description

Ivory leather waist belt, 4cm wide. Brass buckle adjuster on right hand side; two brass rings on either side back. Ornate buckle at centre front embellished on circle surround with laurel leaves rising from the base and a crown at the centre top; elaborate scroll design at point where buckle attaches to belt. Tongue of the buckle has '40' in the centre. Buckle is gilded. Behind the buckle is a thick protective tab of leather stamped on the back with two arrow heads. Belt loop on left hand side. Sword slings and hook missing.

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