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15th Hussars Officer's Sabretache
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15th Hussars Officer's Sabretache

Circa 1848

Measurements: Overall: 43cm (17in) x 37cm (14.6cm) x 6cm (2.25in)

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A pre-Crimean War Sabretache flap. Embroided gold and silver bullion on red cloth ground. A trophy of arms superimposed with the Royal Crest (a lion statant guardant imperially crowned) over battle honour scrolls for Egmont Op Zee’ and ‘Sahagun’, supported on foliate embroidery and further battle honour scrolls for ‘Vittoria’, ‘Peninsula’ and ‘Waterloo’. In chief a Guelphic crown over the battle honours scrolls ‘Emsdorf’ and ‘Villiers en Couche’. The whole enclosed by a border of regimentally specific gold lace. Contained in a modern giltwood box glazed frame. Sabretache: 36cm (14in) x 30 (12in).

Famously Captain Louis Edward Nolan, the bearer of the ill-fated order precipitating the Charge of the Light Brigade, served in the 15th Hussars contemporaneously with the present sabretache.  He was commissioned Cornet in the 15th Hussars in 1839 and remained in it until his death at Balaclava in 1854. The regiment was in in India from 1840 to 1854.

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