Victorian Officer’s 1881 Pattern, Royal Northumberland Fusiliers Forage Cap.
A very fine and scarce officers example of a dark blue Melton cloth body with ornate black lace cap band. The crown of the cap has a central mohair lace and pearl button. Patent leather peak with one row of gold bullion braid “slightly dulled”. A very fine front regimental bullion Royal Northumberland Fusiliers cap badge, featuring a flaming grenade and St George on his charger. The interior has a quilted crimson silk lining embossed with gold tooled maker’s label of Gillott & Hasell, 2 New Burlington Street, London. Complete with it’s beige leather sweatband and thin black leather chinstrap. A truly fine officer’s Royal Northumberland Fusiliers forage cap.
Size: 6 5/8 UK. Size: 6 3/4 US. Size: 54 cm.
Royal Northumberland Fusiliers: was an infantry regiment of the British Army. Originally raised in the year of 1674 as the 5th Regiment of Foot, it was given the regional designation ”Northumberland” in 1782 and granted the distinction of being a Fusilier regiment in 1836, becoming the 5th (Northumberland Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot. The regiment adopted the title Northumberland Fusiliers when regimental numbers were abolished under the Childers Reforms of 1881 and became the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers on the 3rd of June 1935.
The regiment was originally part of the Dutch service and known as the Irish Regiment, or Viscount Clare’s Regiment, under the command of Daniel O’Brien the 3rd Viscount of Clare. In the following year the command passed to John Fenwick and the “Irish” designation was discontinued and the regiment was referred to as a “Holland Regiment”. The regiment was then transferred to the British Service on the 5th of June 1685, establishing its order of precedence as the 5th Regiment of the Line. Like most other regiments, it was known by the names of the colonels who successively commanded it at the time until it became the 5th Regiment of Foot in the year of 1751. royal northumberland fusiliers forage cap.
Good Condition. looking at the inside of this Royal Northumberland fusiliers forage cap I would say that it was rarely used. The metalwork is dulled and there is some very, very light tracking to the crown which is slightly misshapen. There is a small nick on the edge of the peak.