Rare Pre World War One Edwardian 7th Hussars Officers Visor Cap.
A fine example of a 7th hussars officers visor cap, of a red Melton cloth body and crown. To the front is a nice officers gold bullion embroidered ‘QO’ monogram 7th hussars cap badge. Black patent leather peak edged in gold bullion and correct thin black chinstrap held in place by plain gilt half ball buttons. This 7th hussars officers visor cap is tailored by W. Cater. of 56 Pall Mall.
Size: 7 UK Size 7 1/8 US.
Foot Note: This 7th Hussars officers visor cap is attributed to a Major John Freyer who at the outbreak of the first world war was attached to the York Mounted Brigade. He served as a staff officer with general headquarters during ww1.
Formation: Owing to the 7th Hussars losing their earliest documents twice within their first fifty years, their beginning is something of a mystery. It is certain that a commission was delivered to Colonel Richard Cunningham in 1690. ordering him to relinquish his foot command and take over a regiment of dragoons. The regiment was formed from Eglintoun’s Horse and Cardross’s Dragoons to be six troops strong. By February 1691. Cunningham’s Dragoons were an established unit of King William’s Army in Scotland. The 7th could always boast of being one of the only two surviving regiments of cavalry raised in Scotland. The regiment was designated light dragoons in 1783. becoming the 7th (The Queen’s Own) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons, and as hussars in 1807. as the 7th (The Queen’s Own) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons (Hussars), with the title simplified in 1861. as the 7th (Queen’s Own) Hussars. After service in the First World War, the regiment retitled as 7th Queen’s Own Hussars in 1921. The regiment was transferred to the Royal Armoured Corps in 1939. The regiment survived the immediate post-war reduction in forces, but was slated for reduction in the 1957. Defence White Paper, and was amalgamated with the 3rd The King’s Own Hussars, to form The Queen’s Own Hussars the following year. 7th Hussars officers visor cap.
Good Condition. the bullion on this 7th Hussars officers visor cap is slightly dulled and there are some black marks.