Early Victorian & Previous
Prince Albert's Own Leicestershire Regiment
Above and below is a
representation of an LYC Officers undress uniform c1848. The
Stable Jacket is blue with scarlet collar and cuffs and the
reverse of full dress. The lace and shoulder chords are silver
as are the buttons and seed studs. The waistcoat is scarlet with
silver lace and braid.
Drawings by Reynolds of the LYC
A tailors drawing of the LYC waistcoat c1848. Note the zigzag
pattern of the silver lace that edges the waistcoat, very
similar to the Bucks Hussars.
Representation of Undress Uniform c1861
based on the picture below, The jacket pictured above right is a
stable jacket of the Fife and Forfar Imperial Yeomanry, this
represents the same style of jacket.
Yeomanry Officers (undress uniform) in 1861, Col. Legh-Keck's portrait can be seen
in the background. The Gentleman seated on the far right appears
to be holding the 1860 pattern leather helmet. The Officers wear
jacket that is Royal blue with scarlet collar and cuff edged in
silver lace. The cross belts appear to be black leather,
the caps silver and blue with a black brim and silver edge. The
Sabretache gives the appearance of a boundary of broad silver
lace with the Royal crown above "LYC" in silver cord.
** This picture now hangs in one of the
rooms of the Leicester City Council Offices.
Lt. Col Legh-Keck, Commandant of Prince Albert's Own Yeomanry
Cavalry 1796-1860, here seen in a portrait 1856. His uniform is
the same colour as in the picture below (QM. J Kirk) with the
exception of the later Shako Helmet. The Silver lace stripes on his overalls
is formal Officers dress according to the dress regulations set
by the Colonel (below).
** The portrait hangs in the City Rooms,
Hotel Street, Leicester (which until about 1984 was the County
Rooms, until ownership transferred to the City Council.) The
City Council did operate the City Rooms but now it is leased out
and operates under the same name as restaurant & conference
(by Lieut. Colonel Comdt. G A L Keck)
LYC Officer in review order c1857
Jacket: Scarlet, double-breasted; Collar, Cuffs and
turn-backs the colour of regimental facings (Royal Blue), Silver
Leicestershire Yeomanry Cavalry Officer's short tail Coatee. A
rare example of scarlet cloth with dark blue facings to the
collar and cuffs. Each is decorated with silver lace, to the
crown of the tail is a silver bullion twist cord waterfall
ornament, To the front is a double row of eight buttons .
Regimental buttons can be found to the tails and a pair are
mounted to each cuff. The interior with white silk lining.
Fitted with a single 1830 pattern shoulder scale mounted with a
Above is a representation of full dress c
1848 and the plain single-breasted dark-blue frock coat. The
frock-coat has a Prussian collar, a single row of silver buttons at the front and
three silver buttons on each cuff. The shoulder chords are a
single twist on the frock coat with an interchangeable shoulder
scales as required (see below).
A Tailors drawing c1848
White metal buttons can be seen on
Col Keck's tunic .
Epaulettes: Skirts, plain lace straps, silver
double bullion crescent.
Trousers: Royal Blue, with two stripes of
silver lace an inch wide.
Waist Belt: Silver lace 1 inch wide, morocco
lining and edging, with plated lions heads ornaments, fastenings
in front with a snake.
Sabretache: leather, pocket edged round with
silver lace, embroidered with "Prince Albert's Own" and "LYC" in
centre, and crown above, three rings at the top for slings of
belts in red morocco case.
Post 1844 Dress Sabretache
Pouch belt: Sliver lace lining to correspond
with waist belt; Pouch box, red leather, red cloth face, silver
lace edging round, embroidered with "Prince Albert's Own" and
"LYC" and a crown in centre.
Pouch belt lace pattern (and buttons) can
be seen clearly.
Officer's cross belt pouch (Pre 1844).
Originally in the collection of the late Lord Hazlerigg (LY),
Lowesby Hall, Leicestershire.
Chaco (Shako): Black "Beaver" (Top Hat
type) with silver lace band,
regimental ornaments in front, "Prince Albert's Own" and
"L.Y.C"; Plated chains with Lions Head, and good cord lines with
acorns. (*** "Beaver" is the same material
used in Top hats of the time. This would only refer to the
Officers Shako's the ranks and file would have japanned leather
Plume: White drooping feathers, gilt socket.
(OR white drooping horsehair)
Quartermaster J. Kirk of the Leicester
Yeomanry Cavalry, 1841.
painting may be viewed at Leicester Museums & Galleries
New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk
In this painting the detail of the light dragoon uniform is
plain to see, the red tunic, blue collar and cuff edged with
sliver lace with (what appears to be) a blue and red/blue
striped stable belt and silver buttons; also silver shoulder
scales of the period. Double red stripe on the Royal blue
overalls; You may also note that the regiment can be seen in the
background in exactly the same uniform. Note also that the Fur
(Tarleton type) helmet has silver fixings. His horse furniture
includes a black lambskin and bridal chain. The sword appears to
be an 1822 pattern.
Jacket: Shoulder-Scales, German silver,
lined with Royal blue cloth.
An original example shown
here above does not have shoulder scales attached.
Trousers: Regimental pattern with
two stripes of scarlet cloth.
Frock Coat: Blue single breasted with one row
of uniform buttons, and "Prussian Blue" collar with silver
In this portrait (1843) of Prince Albert, the Prince Consort,
you can see the Prussian Blue collar (as seen on 1st Queens
Dragoon Guards hat band on their service caps today). It is a
velvet type material.
Single breasted frock coat, the shoulder scales slide onto
shoulder strap and lock in place via a sewn in "turn" lock
fixing. An original pair of LYC shoulder scales can be seen
The reverse side has been soldered, this is a common modern
modification for display purposes.
Shoulder Scales Button (early),
examples in Griff M-J's Collection.
Shoulder Scales Button (later),
examples in the Officer's Mess B (LDYPAO) Squadron, RY.
19th century Leicestershire
Yeomanry Cavalry shoulder scale. A scarce single mid 19th
Century nickel shoulder scale bearing silvered regimental
button. The strap part of the scale is engraved to appear as
separate scales but is all one piece. Scale retains three of
four original fixing loops to reverse as well as dark blue cloth
backing. These shoulder scales feature in
J.R.GAUNT & SON PATTERN BOOK c1904-10, on page 73 Fig B
830 under the title "Old and curious badges".
Cloak: Blue, lined with scarlet and scarlet
Forage cap: Blue cloth, silver lace, black
patent leather peak, embroidered.
Horse furniture: Hussar Saddle and bridle and
LYC Tarleton helmet c1820
LYC Officers full dress jacket c1820.
Officer's Jacket, Leicestershire yeomanry, Circa 1808
By the Rev. Percy Sumner, F.S.A.,
(Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research, Volume
twenty-Five - 1947, Page 128)
To the kind offices of Mr. H J T Aldridge, of 6 Queens Parade,
Bath, the present owner, we owe the photographs of the Officer's
jacket. Before the jacket came into his possession it belonged
to Mr Norman Bragge, of Rye, Sussex, and Mr. Percy White of
Folkstone, who had it in his keeping for a time, kindly lent it
to me, with Mr. Bragge's permission, along with certain other
items of uniform connected with it, from which I was able to
make careful notes and measurements. The jacket was in use in
1808, or even earlier.
This jacket is of scarlet cloth , with three rows of silver
buttons on the breast arranged 17 in each row in "page boy"
fashion, The collar, cuffs and turn backs are sky blue, laced
with silver. The buttons are balls , 1/2 inch in diameter,
bearing the device of a crown over the letterts "L.Y." Collar 3
1/2 inches high, open in front and secured by two hooks and
eyes, has two twist holes with buttons on each side, and a
border of 1 inch lace. the cuffs are pointed and have one button
and hole above the lace, and another button without hole lower
down. The shoulder scales have 14 circular silver plates
overlapping in the strap, and 10 similar plates each side on the
wing parts. The straps and wings are edged with a narrow silver
fringe all around except the bottom of the wings, with has 36
bullions with fringe in between them.
The silver lace throughout is of a special pattern, called
"Denmark" in Bulmore & Patrick's pattern book, under date
December 1827. This had been worn from about 1803and was
retained in Levee dress up to 1939. Short skirts measuring 8
inches to the extremity of the centre lace, and 8 inches across
Officer's Jacket, Leicestershire Yeomanry,
Mr Aldridge has also another jacket exactly similar, except that
it has the later closed collar, slightly larger shoulder scales,
and there is a piece of bullion fringe, about 3 inches long,
between the two waist buttons at the back. This jacket was
introduced in about 1820 (Pictured, in colour, above). The other
items which were lent were as follows :- Two pairs of overalls,
both of sky blue cloth, with fall down fronts and no straps at
the foot. One pair has a double row of 1 inch silver lace, with
scarlet piping in between, 2/5 of an inch wide. The other pair
has a double scarlet cloth stripe. The blue of the overalls is
somewhat darker than that of the facings of the jacket,
mentioned above. A valise of the same shade of blue cloth as the
overalls, the circular ends of which, and also the openings, are
piped with red. there is no lettering on the ends. Crimson sash
to fasten round the waist like a belt, pleated in seven folds
and made of watered silk 3 1/2 inches wide, the fringe of a
stringy appearance, 8 inches long. Sword belt white leather,
with gilt circular lion's-head bosses, and slings for
A light Dragoons helmet was also included, about which Mr.
Aldridge remarks :- "Practically every vestige of fur has
disappeared from the crest, leaving only the skin; apart from
this the helmet is almost the most perfect specimen, as to
completeness and condition, of a Light Dragoon helmet I have
ever seen, the red and white plume and the thin pink silk turban
being beautifully clean and fresh; and I speak from the
experience of having had ten various helmets of this pattern in
my possession at one time or another." This helmet was worn
later than 1815, as it has chin scales introduced for helmets of
this type, which continued to be worn by the Yeomanry regiments
long after they had been discarded by the regular cavalry. A
similar helmet, complete with the fur crest hackle and plume,
was presented to the Leicester Museum in 1935 by Mr and Mrs
Arthur Bates (see colour photo above).
The Leicestershire Yeomanry provide the only known instance of
the use of a jacket combining the tails worn by the Heavy
Cavalry at the beginning of the 19C with the three rows of
buttons on the front worn by the majority of the Yeomanry
His Grace the Duke of Rutland, as Colonel of the
Leicestershire Provisional Cavalry (1797-1800).
Leicester Yeomanry Cavalry c1794
Notes by Harry Payne that came with the
sketch: Picture of an Officer - 1794? No. 2128 Watercolour very
faded uncertain if lace & buttons are gold or silver
(Above) A sketch by the artist Harry Payne, taken at a Military Exhibition in
Chelsea, London, in 1890.
What is believed to be the first uniform in 1794 for the Loyal
Leicestershire Volunteer Cavalry. Colonel Skeffington is
pictured in this uniform. Below is the uniform of an Officer of
the 15th Light Dragoons of around 1768.