Trumpeter, Undress c1901

The special pattern of pillbox cap for trumpeters and bandsmen is easier to see in this image which is a detail from a large photo of different types of the Queen's Bays. The cap is blue with a white cap-band and white braiding. The exact pattern on the top is indistinct but it seems to be quite complicated. There is no raised central button as in most caps of this type. His frock is scarlet and the detachable white patches on the collar have brass Bays badges. The steel shoulder chains have no visible regimental title. Close scrutiny of his upper sleeve reveals an embroidered badge of crossed trumpets which are of yellow thread. The trumpet hangs on white cords and these are wound around the instrument, ending in large white tassels. He has a white leather pouchbelt, an item that by this time had been discontinued for the regiment but retained for trumpeters and musicians.

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