Victorian Full Dress Cavalry Pattern, Prince of Wales’s 12th Royal Lancers Officers Sabretache.
A very rare example of a 12th Royal Lancers Officers Sabretache. A 47mm gold herringbone lace encloses a scarlet cloth face bearing Queen Victoria’s cypher over crossed lances with gold over silver pennons. Below the cypher are roman numerals XII, below this is a silver bullion sphinx sitting on a tablet, inscribed “Egypt”. Either side of the sphinx are battle honour scrolls for Peninsula and Waterloo, these resting on laurel sprays. The face is backed onto black Moroccan leather, as is the leather pocket and flap, the pocket flap has it’s original fixing strap and brass stud. This 12th royal lancers officers sabretache has three oval brass rings to the top for attachment to the belt slings.
NB: I believe that this is quite an early example of this pattern of sabretache as the pennons on top of the crossed lances are Gold over Silver which is indicative of the previous blue faced Georgian 12th Lancers pattern. All other Victorian 12th Lancers Sabretache’s that I’ve seen have Scarlet over Silver pennons.
12th (Prince of Wales’s) Royal Lancers: was a cavalry regiment of the British Army. The regiment of dragoons that was to become the 12th Royal Lancers was raised by Brigadier-General Phineas Bowles in Berkshire in the July of 1715. against the threat of the Jacobite rebellion. In 1718. the regiment was placed on the Irish establishment and posted to Ireland, where it remained for 75. years. The regiment was given the badge of the three ostrich feathers, and the motto “Ich Dien”. The 12th Lancers, won their first battle honour in Egypt in 1801. 12th Royal Lancers Officers Sabretache.
Good Condition. this 12th royal lancers officers sabretache has some stitching faults, particularly the Egypt, furthermore part of the crown orb is also missing, in addition there is also age related marks to the scarlet facing. I would say that the sabretache is duller than the images show.