Unknown Hussar

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Unknown Hussar

Postby theironduke1 » 10 Aug 2017 21:45

This shows a photo of a hussar c.1895 (I'm told). To me it looks as if it was from an earlier period. There are some slightly strange things about him ... His caplines are looped up in a strange way ... much like an 11th Hussar but I'm not sure he is from that regiment. Also his sword slings appear to be of a darkish leather not white. There was no Yeomanry regiment in regular hussar costume with yellow frogging except the Suffolks and Middlesex .. and they were miles away from Aberystwith. Any suggestions?
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Re: Unknown Hussar

Postby Frogsmile » 11 Aug 2017 12:16

Our late and much missed forum member, 'Trooper', made a comment about the several hussar regiments, other than the 11th, that for a period affected plaited cap-lines in various styles here: viewtopic.php?f=19&t=9195&p=43710&hilit=Hussar+Caplines#p43710

My guess is that the practice, which seems to have been largely a feature of soldiers 'swank' when walking-out, got a bit too out of hand and that it was later confined by regulation to just the 11th.

Your photo seems to reflect this and I think it probably dates to the the 1880s rather than 1890s (the large flare at the bottom of his overalls was a feature at that time). It seems to me that it is probably a regular hussar who was either, at home on furlough, or on annual Summer camp and who has taken the opportunity to have his portrait taken.
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Re: Unknown Hussar

Postby theironduke1 » 11 Aug 2017 15:48

Thanks Frogsmile. The flared overalls gave it away in that the photo was more likely from the eighteen eighties than 1895.
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Re: Unknown Hussar

Postby theironduke1 » 11 Aug 2017 15:55

The other give-away that the photo is from the early 1880s (or even before) is the pattern cavalry sword he is carrying. Pre-1885 pattern.
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Re: Unknown Hussar

Postby Frogsmile » 11 Aug 2017 17:29

theironduke1 wrote:The other give-away that the photo is from the early 1880s (or even before) is the pattern cavalry sword he is carrying. Pre-1885 pattern.


Yes, that's a good point (pun unintended) that I had not spotted.
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