Officer's Gold Lace


The patterns of gold lace on officer's uniforms and accoutrements for the 20th Hussars, as with other regiments, was consistent from 1857 to 1914. These samples were painted by E A Campbell and conform with information given in a useful article written by David J Knight in the bulletin of the Military Historical Society no.267 published in Feb 2017. The wide lace at the top was for the pill-box forage cap, called Diamond and Point, 3.75 ins wide. The lace at the bottom is also Diamond and Point, 0.75 ins wide, used on the tunic collar and down the outside seam of the trousers as a double row (cloth stripes after 1902). The middle one is Herringbone/Light Dragoon lace with a silk central stripe, crimson in the case of the 20th. This pattern was used most noticeably on the officers' pouch-belts, and distinguished those hussar regiments that were light dragoons up to 1861 from the older hussar units. The pouch-belt lace width is illegible on this illustration but the Dress Regulations stipulate no more than 2 inches wide. Sword slings were one inch and sabretache slings 0.75 inches.


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by Stephen Luscombe