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Robert Burke22 Apr 2017 8:50 p.m. PST

I'm trying to find out what the 16th Lancers' uniform would have looked like c. 1880.

I know they were the only British Lancer regiment allowed to retain their red coat (hence their nickname, the Scarlet Lancers).

I've found several illustrations showing them wearing a red coat with a blue plastron. But I don't know if that was their dress uniform. Is that what they wore in the field? Or would the have just worn a red coat in the field?

I'd also appreciate any information about their saddle blanket.


Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP23 Apr 2017 2:04 a.m. PST

I don't know, but there is a 16th Lancers "Display Troop" and they may be able to provide some detals re: the regiment's Victorian era horse furniture, as well as specifics re: the blue plastron and different orders of dress.

Here's a LINK:


Without plastron, c.1846 (their famous charge at Aliwal):


With plastron, full dress c.1914:


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