hascott16 wrote:Thank you Frogsmile and ED. Very helpful observations from you both.
I'd love to have had the original image - but sadly, No!
Would anyone care to comment on the shako shape? Wikipedia says that the 'Albert' model was introduced in 1844, replacing the bell-top. Not being conversant with the evolution of the shape, it seems that this headgear is somewhere between the two. Would the militia have been slow in adopting a change perhaps?
I now have a candidate relative in mind for the sitter. Born to a soldier and his first (of three) wife in Woolwich in 1821, he moved to Division Street, Sheffield before 1854. He was a novice member of the Second West Yorkshire Yeomanry in that year when the militia assembled at Birley House (probably Birley Old Hall, Sheffield) Several horses ran out of control and at least three riders were 'thrown down' - one being this relative. The local paper reports that the riders were 'not much hurt'! More drill practice needed!
He was given a military funeral when he died in 1852 and his obituary states that he was in A troop. In 'real life' he was a newsagent!
Frogsmile wrote:I concur totally with your measured and scholarly resume on the often generalistic description of post Napoleonic shakos, JF, and you and I could no doubt confer for some time on the subject. In truth I was trying to keep things relatively straightforward for the enquirer so as not to over complicate my response with the basic facts that he seems to seek.
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