British Colours & Standards 1747–1881 (1) Cavalry by Ian Sumner, Richard Hook

By Ian Sumner, Richard Hook

During this first of a two-part series a revered vexillologist describes, explains and illustrates a wide selection of the criteria and guidons carried throughout the 18th and nineteenth centuries via British loved ones, common, Yeomanry and Volunteer cavalry devices. The successive rules among 1747 and 1868 are supported through tables of 'ancient badges' and conflict honours; by way of many examples of non-regulation perform (in the cavalier culture of the British cavalry); and through ten amazing plates by way of Richard Hook, detailing a few 35 flags in complete color.

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Ilineers Submarine Miners. Badge: gGld, except for tl\e arm, which as flesh-coloured. 5. ild Cavalry. lc:-s. e of ttie devices car"ied on the sheets ot 7t"·e Horse Gc1ards and the Horse GrcnadiQr Guards in the 'Tiiddle of the 18tt1 century were similar to tlrose borne 1Jn tneir standards dun1g the reign of King Charli2-s il. ::md:1. all i'lrglet1 towards the centre. rer. te~·•ce. 3 issue et flags. 1r1d a guidon. rried the sarie devices. A surviving bill records that 1n 1 /ti1 the cost for each pi3ir of flags was £30.

But merely an er11t1l~1ni:lt1c i i;ipresentatior of castles in ganariil. The fringE'! > mixed silver and blue. m Plate F are of mixed gold and crimson. JRckson. E. S.. ·1 Olri G&J va/ry Regiment (London. 19{)9:•. The Guidon of the 8th Dragoons, taken into u&oe in 1801- Staeet: yellow damask with a sliver fringe. 'Waterloo scroll: blue with sitver edges and lettering. Lower •croi:I: black on white with a sliver edge. Thi& rather sumpblou& guidon wn the first to be acquired by a new colonel, Maj.

Lard".. or guidons. 1770. spect. i ree\an'jjlular Instead Of :swallow• tslled. The device should be '7D' in silver; instead it ia. the Royal coat of arms Jn rod-brown, perhaps intended for gold. > carnp. ~ . pla~ · cd in the- cnitrt'. nb, dl'agoo ns aud ligl1 I. rlragoo11 ;5 ''ere ~'t'L\lJm,·­ tailc (l, and 18ins u11 the pole. The pole iL~c:lf \\its to he itt 6i1h long . :giment. 1l:in ... 1ssi'>L thf'. nuastP r in marking 011{ Lhc carnp an(l keeping it clean. i11g roots , arc: ou1n~ me11t-; and< lorhes .

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