RSM, Stable Dress c1870


The illustration of the Regimental Sergeant Major of the 20th Hussars, painted by Doug Haggar, based on a photo, is taken from the November 1993 edition of Military Modelling magazine. From 1851 to 1880 there were three NCOs on the regimental staff at this level; the RSM, the Quartermaster Sergeant, and the Farrier Major. All three ranks were signified by four inverted gold lace chevrons on the right sleeve, the RSM having an embroidered crown above them. The braided Austrian knot was sewn over the stripes. Because of his status as 1st Class staff he had gold braid tracing the edges of the jacket, and gold lace on his trousers. The rank and file had brass buttons down the front but the sergeant-major's jacket was fastened with hooks and eyes. He has medal ribbons for the Indian Mutiny and long service. His pill-box cap is similar in style to the officers' with gold lace and braid.


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by Stephen Luscombe