Corporal, Stable Dress c1890

The waist length stable jacket was scarlet with buff facings and brass buttons. There were brass Bays badges on the collar and gold twisted shoulder cords. The quilted gold rank stripes have an exaggerated lower point and are sewn onto buff cloth backing. Above the stripes is an embroidered crown. This was a distinction of Bays NCOs up until the beginning of the 20th century, but had to be discontinued because the Household Cavalry claimed this distinction as their own. The Queen's Bays was also different in that lance corporals wore two stripes instead of the usual one. However the crown was not worn by lance corporals. The badge on his forearm is crossed rifles with a crown above. This probably indicates that he was the section commander of the best shooting squadron in the regiment. He has blue trousers for dismounted duties, with a broad white stripe. The pillbox cap is blue with a white cap-band and button on top.

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