Royal Artillery

Musicians, 1880

A drumhorse and musician from a print published in 1884. However, the helmet is the pre-1881 pattern since it has the spike with a red plume on top. The infantry style helmet replaced the busby in the artillery in 1878, at which time it had a spike. In 1881 the ball top was introduced. For the band, the plume was placed on the top of the ball. This head-dress lasted until the re-introduction of the busby, for the band only, in 1895. The drummer has the plain fronted tunic while the musician had the more elaborate tunic that had gold lace across the front and fastened with hooks and eyes.

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