Officer, Light Troop 1762

A warrant of 14 April 1756 authorised that each regiment of Dragoons and Dragoon Guards should have one Troop of light cavalry. The clothing and cloaks of the Light Troops were to be the same as the rest of the regiment but instead of hats they were to have 'jockey caps ornamented in the front with HM's cypher and crown in brass, and the number or rank of the regiment. The crest is likewise to be covered with brass, out of which is to be a tuft of stiff horse-hair, coloured half red and the other half in the facing colour. Light Jockey boots with small stiff tops.' This officer wears a jockey cap but it has a velvet cloth front heavily embroidered. The artist, Percy Sumner has drawn this based on a well preserved example. It is not known if this type of cap was worn from the beginning of the Light Troop. The drawing is based on a portrait, in that year, of Lord Newbattle of the 11th Dragoons' Light Troop. The other ranks were issued with tan coloured belts so it is assumed that the officer would have a tan sword belt, and perhaps tan gloves

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