Junior Officers No.1 Cap c1950s
The Filed Officer's (Major and above) No.1 Cap was all scarlet with a gold wire brim.
On amalgamation the Field officers brim changed to Silver wire
as the Leicestershire are the senior Yeomanry.
The Torin and Folding Field Service Cap.
Both the Torin and the FFSC are seen worn in the mid 1890's. The
badge seen in the illustrations above is a guess, as a close up
of the badge seen on the Torin cap in the above picture is not
clearly defined. It is a good assumption that the badge is a
crowned Derbyshire rose in gold bullion wire on an Army
DYC pillbox: Colour: Blue, Top Figure: Its own regimental
pattern (see below), Lace: Gold oak leaf, seam: blue, Button:
DYC Pill box cap regimental lace top design and hat band lace.
DYC pillbox cap see here c1895.
DYC Officers Helmet 1911, with the monarch's cypher (all ranks). The horse
hair plume is white with a red brush, all the fixings on
the helmet being gold gilt. The mid gilt band on the helmet does
not meet in the middle as on the 1847 pattern.
DYC Senior NCO's helmet for the 1902 coronation (also used for
the 1911 coronation), only 10 helmet badges were made. Other
ranks wore the "VR" cipher.
||(Left) can be seen a
Derbyshire Yeomanry Cavalry Officer's helmet circa
1880's, the difference in this helmet compared to the
mid Victorian (below) is that the gilt band below the
cipher is full. The difference compared to the c1911
pattern (above) is that, again, the band is full and the
plume is white over red in the traditional way as
opposed to the full white plume. This helmet is possibly
not an original DYC, it might be that the VR Badge and
the Plume fixings were added to this helmet. You can
also see that the badge, compared to the 1847 helmet, is
mounted higher on the helmet.
[Auction Description] Albert pattern, with good
silver-plated skull, gilt fittings and large QVC above
VR cypher (the latter probably a replacement), gilt
rosettes and wide chin-chain with red leather lining,
white-over-red horsehair plume (helmet-lining restored
and some elements replaced).
Derbyshire Yeomanry Cavalry Victorian Officers helmet. A fine
and scarce example of the 1847 (Albert) pattern helmet. Silvered
skull decorated with gilt metal floral leaf design. The helmet
plate comprises a Crowned entwined VR Cypher. Rose head bosses
support a brass chin chain with red leather backing. The plume
holder of leaf design supports a white over scarlet flowing
horsehair plume with a rose head boss. The interior retains
quilted cotton sweatband. Minor age wear, near VGC. Contained in
an associated metal storage tin with later painted name P.B. Hal Esq Derbyshire Yeo. Cav.
After the Crimean War a white helmet with yellow metal fixings
was adopted. This had scrollwork around the peak and on the
back. A short brush from which the horse hair plume fell, early
pictures and an actual example show the brush white and the long
plume white and red. This changed later to a red brush (see
above picture) with an all white hanging plume. The
cypher changed on King George V coronation having the new crown
but on the old mounts (as seen above). The Trooper's and NCO's
helmets show the normal Cavalry helmet with a white over red
falling plume with no brush.
O/R DYC Victorian Helmet, pictured here on an LDY PAO honour
guard for HRH The Duke of Edinburgh's visit to the Squadron in
Trooper's Helmet c1871.
(Thanks to Michael D Long
Ltd, Leics, for the pictures.)
Auction Description: A Victorian trooper's 1874 pattern helmet of the
Derbyshire Yeomanry, white metal skull with brass binding to
front and back peaks, ear to ear wreath, top mount and spike,
brown leather backed chin chain with ear rosettes and large
crowned VR cypher badge, white over red hair plume with small
rosette, leather liner with paper label of "Harry Lyons,
Contractor, 12 Ritter St, Woolwich".
1850, information about uniform is vague although "Sleigh's
List" of 1850 notes that the Derby and Chaddesdon Troop wore
"Hussar" appointments and the other 2 Troops that of
In 1817, the Light Dragoon Shako was adopted, they were quoted
as having red and white horse hair plumes in imitation of the
In July 1794 it was suggested that the headdress should be a
round cap-hat with a scarlet feather, a bearskin and a cockade.
There is little doubt that the Light Dragoon helmet was
worn later but distinctions are lacking.
North Derbyshire Yeomanry, Alfreton troop, 1820s
This Shako is part of the uniform of Captain John Chambers, of
the Alfreton town troop of the Derbyshire Yeomanry. It is made up of
a type of this hat and a light
dragoon style jacket. The braiding and stitching on the uniform
are of solid silver thread. The uniform also includes buckskin
riding breeches, a waistcoat with silver lace and a 1796 pattern
light cavalry sword still in use in the 1820s.
There was no standardisation of uniform in the 1800s and officers
who could afford it could embellish their uniforms with fancy
braiding or epaulettes.