Trumpet Banner c1906

This sketch of a trumpet banner was made in South Africa at some time before 1907 when they returned to England. It is attached to the cavalry trumpet which is slung on the back of a Bays trumpeter. The cords are of royal colours, twisted blue red and yellow, which the Queen's Bays were entitled to. Normally the trumpet cords were white for this regiment but it seems that for a special ceremonial occasion the banner and cords were brought out. The use of banners for trumpets was a recent change. It is not known when the regiment received them but the Scots Greys were presented with theirs for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 1897. The banner is off-white damask silk embroidered with the crown, wreath and BAYS within a garter. Below the wreath is LUCKNOW on a scroll, and below that SOUTH AFRICA 1901-02 on a longer scroll.

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