Royal Horse Guards


Troopers, 1890


This shows both sides of the uniform well. The standing man is holding his sword, an item that keeps his left hand busy while dismounted because it needs to be carried while walking and kept upright while standing. The sword slings are attached to a waistbelt worn under the cuirass. Later this was altered and these days the waistbelt is worn under the tunic. We have a good view of the side of his pouch suspended from the pouchbelt over his left shoulder. It is black patent leather with a brass coat of arms in the middle. Both troopers have the scarlet shoulder straps edged with gold lace. The mounted man carries a Martini Henry carbine in a brown leather bucket.


Regimental Details | Uniforms




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by Stephen Luscombe