mike snook wrote:Thanks old chap. I think I have it somewhere and if I don't I'll invest on the strength of your commendation.
johnpreece wrote:While I have a great liking for the Mollo book (not least the illustrations) it was to Carman that I returned last night to dig around the Bombay and Madras Infantry.
"According to Tugwell the shako was abolished in 1854 and the forage cap was worn, with leather straps for undress and brass chain ones for full dress. " (History of the Bombay Pioneers. B P Tugwell. 1938"
"Gen order 11th May 1863. substituted the pugri for the white cotton cap cover 'in regiments where the former head-dress has been introduced'. Actually pugris are rare in the Bombay infantry and photographs circa 1864-9 show the round Kilmarnock cap "
The hard black turban had been seen during the mutiny but the emphasis was on more comfortable apparel and the Kilmarnock cap was favoured. It would appear that attempts were made to give the sepoys a more native form of dress. Thus the long pugri or turban worn by civilians was taken into use. 'On the 3rd March 1860, the introduction of a new headdress for the native ranks was sanctioned by the home government. It was to consist of a plain native turban'. "
The pre mutiny turban referred to appears to be the bulbous hard cloth headgear usually illustrated black decorated with chain or topped with a ball.
I also noticed that the latest illustration I could find of Bengal NI in shako was 1846. (you can look at these things a hundred times without seeing the significance).
As a result of all this activity I finally bestirred myself and after 50 years of coveting it have bought the Carman volume on Cavalry to complete my set. The bad news is I have spent next months allowance and my bullock transport will have to be postponed to October.
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