Officer's Sabretache 1820-30

In this version of the officers' sabretache the cypher is now that of George IV and is placed large in the middle with the Prussian Eagle, symbol of the Duchess of York. The regiment had been granted this eagle badge in 1798 when they became the 14th (or Duchess of York's Own ) Light Dragoons. It was probably decided that the eagle, or Hawk as it was called, should be put on the officers' appointments instead of adding all the new battle honours, and to distinguish it from other regiments. On 17 Feb 1820 the 14th were granted TALAVERA, FEUNTES D'ONOR, SALAMANCA, VITTORIA and ORTHES to add to PENINSULA, but they were not displayed on the sabretache. It is still silver and blue but the Hawk is black velvet with gold beak, wings, legs, tail, orb, sceptre, crown and some of the feathers on the body. The crown is silver, gold and other colours.

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