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Title 'Bengal Horse Artillery' coloured litho
Nationality British
Period c 1850

'R. Ackermann's Costumes of the Indian Army, No. 20'. An extremely rare print of the Bengal European horse artillery from the old Bengal Army, pre-Indian Mutiny period. Nicknamed the Red Men on account of their red horsehair plumed helmets.

During the Mutiny, this regiment was the mainstay of immediate resistance to the mutineers, certainly where horse artillery was concerned, covering itself in glory at the Siege of Delhi in particular. The other ranks were almost uniquely of Irish extraction, the officers being British.

Damaged in several places and with part of the lower title missing, but with original colours still bright. Some evidence of dirt staining from age.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Ephemera : Prints : British : 19th Century]


Bayonets arrived today, very nice!

M G, Germany, 22.06.2009

Bayonet arrived safe + sound this AM Sat. Special delivery excellent again. Worth the few extra bob. To be honest it was better than I dared hope. I usually avoid polished bits like the plague!! Your price was a bit fierce!! - but a great marking I lacked... Please email me anytime you have anything that might be of interest.

C W, UK, 09.09.2006