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British Officer's Uniform

A major's uniform of either cavalry or infantry, they were the same. From 1902 the rank was shown by the pips and crowns on the shoulder cords where previously the decoration on the collar and cuffs increased with rank. The facing colour is red and is made up of a velvet material: see Detail of Collar and Detail of Cuff. The front of the tunic is kept together with hooks and eyes. The cords going across the front in the French and Belgian style were favoured by many of the Punjabi cavalry regiments. There were four cords in each group and five groups, hooking onto the small hooks under olivet buttons. This particular uniform is probably circa 1924 but this style was worn between at least 1886 when it is described in the dress regulations and 1947 when the regiment went to Pakistan, losing it's British officers.

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