This style of headgear was influenced by contact with
French troops in the Crimea. Both the French infantry
and the mounted Chasseurs had this type. Our light
dragoon regiments adopted it in 1856. Each regiment
had a different colour horsehair plume:|
The gold lace round the top is oak leaf pattern. The badge on the front is mostly gilt except for silver stipling inside each arm of the cross. The peak is decorated with gold wire and the chin-chain with rose bosses is gilt. What is not shown here are the caplines which thread through a ring at the back, go round the hat and fasten to the wearers tunic.
13th Light Dragoons: Uniforms | Regimental details