Second Life Guards

Other Ranks in Camp, 1853

Another Martens/Ackermann print giving us an idea of the other side of military life for the Life Guards. It wasn't all pomp and ceremony. The three men on the left are in everyday stable dress whereas the main figure could be mistaken for a Dragoon in full dress. In fact his order of dress is puzzling because even in field day order the Life Guards wore the cuirass. In all other prints and paintings I have seen, the only time the helmet is worn without the cuirass is in dismounted guard order. What points him out as a Household cavalryman is the flask cord and the bridle with gilt headpiece. The lace on his collar is gold as opposed to the yellow lace worn by dragoon privates.

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