Royal Artillery

Gunners, 1880

This early Simkin watercolour shows two gunners both wearing the undress frock as opposed to the full dress tunic. The difference was that there were fewer buttons down the front and the sleeve decoration was a trefoil instead of the Austrian knot. The man on the right is in field day order. The helmet is of interest because it has a spike instead of a ball on top. The blue-cloth covered helmet replaced the fur busby in 1878 and had a spike like the infantry, but artillerymen spent much of their time attaching harnasses to horses and the spike was a danger to the animals. It was replaced by the ball in 1881.

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