Small pearlware pottery child’s plate printed with “British Rifle Volunteers”, circa 1859

Despite the alliance between Britain and France during the Crimean War of 1854-56, a renewed fear of invasion by the French caused much concern with respect to Britain’s defensive capability. This surged dramatically in April 1859 following the outbreak of war between France and Austria-Hungary, with a growing newspaper campaign supporting the establishing of volunteer military corps.

Diameter: 4 ½”

Condition: Two faint hairlines that show mainly on the back