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 through the 18th and nineteenth centuries via British loved ones, average, Yeomanry and Volunteer cavalry devices. The successive laws among 1747 and 1868 are supported via tables of 'ancient badges' and conflict honours; by means of many examples of non-regulation perform (in the cavalier culture of the British cavalry); and through ten wonderful plates by means of Richard Hook, detailing a few 35 flags in complete color.

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LlW1. mI'1:~ 30 scouandl Actual flag, and &ketch: the 1'9werse of the &ame flag. Decoration&: all embroidered in go4d-ot1 ptlow. Motto: black. Regimental name: gold. Photo: Tl'usteM of the Niatio"al MuseurrtS of kotland) 31 The Guidon ot the Royal Qlln ! 1776. Sheet: light green with a gold frin99 on all four sid'ff. Wreath: dark green around a harp and crown in gol'd . JO(I in a lighter shade. ack lettering and decoration. other devices; a, sword in grey; a cannon in grey and brown; a bomb in grey ~th red flame&; each surrounded by a wreath in green.

The 2nd Horse received standards in 1750, but in an unknown quantity. They were still carryi nq these in 1768 and . indeed. may have continued to do so until 1772; certainly the inspection returns make no reference to the issl1e of new standafds in the intervening period. The rElgimant, which bel:ame ttie oth Dragoon Guards in 1788. ;,irds in 1796. These are no doubt the flags refarred 10 in thE=! inspac~tion reh•ms of 1800. whon the regiment was reported to have four standards in goad condition.

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