13th Light Dragoons

Officer, Undress 1832

The occasions when full dress was worn in India were few and far between. The more usual form of dress was that shown here, called undress. The jacket is, again, waist length and tight fitting but has no tail at the back. Instead of buttons it fastens down the front with hooks and eyes. There is a strip of three quarter inch wide lace all the way round the collar, down the front and round the bottom. The collar and cuffs are in the regimental white facing colours. The undress overalls have red stripes instead of gold. The sword is the 1821 pattern three bar hilt and steel scabbard as worn in full dress, but in this case, suspended with black leather straps from a black belt. Also from this belt, hangs the undress plain black leather sabretache with gilt badge (see seperate picture).
The undress shako is plain black and waterproof suitable for wet weather. The bridle appears to be the same as in full dress but the shabracque is discarded, instead, there is a black sheepskin and a valise behind the saddle in which a rolled up cape is kept. This is decorated with a gold edge and the letters XIII LD.

13th Light Dragoons: Uniforms | Regimental details


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