Officer, 1858


Shown here is the post-Crimean Light Dragoon uniform, in which the old coatee has been replaced by a Hussar style tunic as adopted by the Hussars at the same time. The small, practical shako continues with the old Maltese Cross badge. The saddle-cloth remains as before, the rear being rounded, and having the crown above 'QO" and the figure "4" over "LD."

This costume with the shako lasted only a few years as the Light Dragoons of the service were soon converted to Hussars. While traditionally the saddle-cloths of Hussar regiments were acutely pointed at the rear, the converted regiments of Light . Dragoons retained the old pattern (presumably to save the expense of replacement) and so the later Hussars also kept rounded rear corners.


Regimental Details | Uniforms




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by Stephen Luscombe