Dress Waistbelt c1870

The gold belt was worn for dress occasions from 1855, the time of the introduction of the tunic, up to 1902, the year that the officer's sash was taken off the shoulder and worn round the waist. Since the sash covered the swordbelt there was no point in having such an expensive item so it was replaced with a web belt, but retaining the smart sword slings. The dress belt is 1.5 inches wide and made of red morocco leather and covered with gold lace. The buckle is a round clasp with the title of the regiment in the outer silver circle and the enamelled garter star on the gilt round part that slots into it. On less formal occasions a white leather belt was worn but with the same buckle.

Uniforms | Regimental Details


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