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Title Heavy Cavalry sergeant's wing
Nationality British
Period c 1795

C P Lawson in his 'History of the Uniforms of the British Army' refers to the development of the HC uniforms as having 'red wings with chains' (p.42, vol.4, h/b, pub. Kaye & Ward, London, 1966). It is debatable as to whether these are for a sergeant or an officer; almost certainly the other ranks would have been plain brass, while these are gilded.

The gilding (presumably on copper) is in excellent shape. The stitching which holds the upper shoulder strap element has come loose, but the rest of the stitching is largely intact, with some mothing around the buttonhole and a few small spots elsehwere on the reverse of the piece.

This is a very rare survivor from the Napoleonic Wars.

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

[Militaria : Tunics : British : 18th Century]


Helmet arrived safely and am pleased with it.

A M, UK, 24.01.2013

The cavalry sword arrived safely this morning, very pleased with it. Many thanks.

S G, UK, 20.01.2009