In the 18th century, Regiments wore ornaments of various kinds on their pouches or valises. Examples were a bugle, a grenade, a crown. But the men of the 29th Regiment wore the Star of the Order of the Garter. In the 1830-40's there is evidence of the Grenadier and Light Companies of the 29th Regiment with a grenade or bugle at the centre of the Valise Star (See bottom examples on this page).
This star, supposedly granted for special service in the field, shows a connection with the Coldstream Guards, who wore, and still wear, a similar one.
The wearing of pouch ornaments was abolished in 1784 for all Line Regiments; but the 29th Regiment's claim to their Star as an honour was admitted, and they were allowed to retain it.
In 1877 the right of the 29th to this single distinction was confirmed, and the Regiment was ordered to wear the Star in the same way as the Coldstream Guards, on the back of the valise. At the same time, the ammunition pouches worn on the front of the belt were changed to white, in order to conform to those of the Guards.
The Valise Star differs in detail from the badge. The Garter is circular instead of oval; and in its centre is the Royal Lion, but not the motto FIRM. In 1890 the FIRM motto was added but was then removed and did not reappear again until the Valise Star of 1952.
Below are examples of how the Valise Star changed over the years.