17th Lancers

1865 Mounted Officer

The 1865 officer wears a white horsehair plume which changed to drooping white feathers in the 1870s. He has a white half plastron on his double-breasted tunic which looks black but is in fact very dark blue. His trousers have leather sewn on the bottom of the legs, a style used by the French cavalry and adopted by the British after the Crimean War. The officer's gold caplines can clearly be seen under his left arm. These were attached to his lance-cap -Czapka, and wound round the body ending in fancy tassled flounders, suspended somewhere on his chest. These can also be seen on the 1838 picture and in the 1890 one. He has a sabretache hanging on gold straps from his waist belt. This is much plainer than the embroidered version worn in the 1820s; it is plain black leather with a gilt badge. Behind him, fixed to the back of the saddle, under the white edged sheepskin saddle cover, is the valise, this was his cylindrical cloth bag with silver badges on each end and in which he kept his foul-weather cape.

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