Mounted Officer 1833

The set of detailed prints made by L Mansion and Samuel Eschauzier for the publishers W Spooner of Regent Street between 1833 and 1836 show the uniforms of many of the regiments in the British army. This one is number 48 out of 60 depicting the 2nd Dragoon Guards. The quality of this reproduction is poor but the original shows the lace patterns clearly. This plain fronted, scarlet cloth coatee with long tails was introduced in 1828 and changed from silver to gold embroidery around 1830 on the orders of King William IV. Soon after this the lace pattern was changed on the pouchbelt from the herring-bone with a central black stripe, to the S and vellum type. The belt, and waistbelt are obscured in this print but it can be seen on the sabretache. The trouser lace looks as if the herring-bone pattern was retained for that. The broad lace on the edge of the shabraque is unclear. The trousers are dark blue and tighter-fitting than the cossacks worn in the 1820s. In 1834 the helmet was changed from the black glazed design seen here, to the all-gilt type with the detachable crest.

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