The dress uniform for hussars was smarter towards the end of the century. The busby had been lowered one and a half inches in height in 1888 and the black sable fur had a fuller appearance. The plume for the 8th was described as red and white while the only similar plumes for other hussar regiments were scarlet and white for the 18th and crimson and white for the 11th Hussars. The 1891 Dress Regulations stipulated an egret plume 13 inches high whereas the 1900 regulations had an ostrich feather plume 15 inches high.
In 1880 the rank badges were moved to the gold shoulder cords, lieutenants having one star, as seen here, and second lieutenants, no badge. The breeches were decorated with two stripes, three quarter inch wide, down the outer seam, gold lace up to 1893 and yellow cloth after that. His sabretache can be seen at Sabretache 1870-80 which may be expected in a more senior officer at this date but not one of junior rank. The artist, Simkin may have based it on an actual sabretache in his possession. The horse furniture had changed little in the last 20 years or so. Most of the hussar regiments had a leopard shin saddle cover while the throat plume remained the same that worn in the 1860s, red and white.
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