Second Life Guards

Officers and Men, 1844

This uniform has changed little since the 1820s, the only outstanding difference being the new pattern helmet introduced in 1844. This design with sIight variations was worn by all Household Cavalry regiments, Dragoon Guards and Dragoons, except for the Scots Greys who retained their bearskins. The Household cavalry had blossomed into bearskins for a short time, the 1st Life Guards in the 1820s and the other regiments in time for QueenVictoria's coronation in 1837. This new helmet, based upon a Prussian model (which had itself been copied from a Russian design), has ' remained much the same until today. It was in white metal with gilt mounts for Household regiments

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