Sabretache 1872-1901


The dragoon guards officers restored the sabretache in the 1870s, having put them aside in 1855 or before. They no longer had the beautifully embroidered dress sabretaches but chose instead the plain black leather functional type that had previously been described as 'undress'. However, this was worn in full dress as well as undress. The title Queen's Bays was granted to the regiment officially in 1872 and the badge probably dates from around that time. It was only worn as a sabretache badge until 1896 when it was worn as a cap badge. The crown is Queen Victoria's and there was no opportunity to change it to the King's crown as the sabretache was abolished in November 1901.


Regimental details | Sabretaches




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by Stephen Luscombe