A VERY RARE GEORGIAN COLOUR OF NO. 15 COMPANY, 2ND BATTALION, THE COLDSTREAM GUARDS
an 1814 Issue silk colour of No.15 Company, Coldstream Guards. A Union flag, 68 in. x 78 in., with painted decoration. The centre bearing St Edward's Crown above the company symbol (Carolingian crown), 'EGYPT', the Sphinx between laurel sprays, 'BARROSA', a bugle-horn , 'PENINSULA' and 'WATERLOO'. The horizontal arm of the cross inscribed 'LINCELLES' and 'TALAVERA'. The numeral 'XV' in the canton. This colour was recently discovered in near-relic condition and has been expertly restored on a museum quality mount to display the obverse face.
172.5 cm x 194.5 cm, the colour
On pages 155-6 of Major Dawnay's definitive work on the Standards and Colours of the Household Division, it is stated that the three original battle-honours (Lincelles, Talavera and Barrosa) appeared on the 1814 issue of colours of the Coldstream Guards, and that the honours for Peninsula and Waterloo were subsequently added officially to the inferior arm of the cross in the only space available, i.e. beneath the bugle-horn in the case of the Light Infantry Companies. The next two issues of colours (which were presumably of similar design) took place in 1821 and 1828. Fig. 93 shows the 1828 issue to No. 15 Company, in which the bugle-horn has reverted to its normal place below all of the battle-honours.
The Coldstream Guards were represented only by the 2nd Battalion at Waterloo, and the only colours carried were those of the Colonel and of XIII Company. These survived the battle and were laid up in the Guards' Chapel. Their remnants are illustrated on page 164 (Dawnay op. cit), having been destroyed by a German V1 bomb in 1944.
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