First Life Guards


Mounted Officer, 1895


Simkin shows us here, an officer in ceremonial full dress (gold kit). We recognise him straight away as being 1st Life Guards by his angled shabraque bearing crown,battle honours , cypher and garter star. At this stage, the honours are: Peninsula, Waterloo, Dettingen, Egypt 1882 and Tel el Kebir. He has a gold lace pouchbelt edged with blue velvet and having a red flask cord running down the middle. His sword is suspended with gold lace slings in a similar oak leaf pattern as the pouchbelt and also the lace on the shabraque. On the bridle, the bridoon rein is of red morocco leather laced in gold on one side.


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by Stephen Luscombe