ENGLISH 21ST LANCERS OFFICERS LANCE CAP.
Out of all the british Lancer regiments the one that was in the existence the shortest was 21st Lancers. Raised in 1858 and amalgamated with the 17th Lancers in 1922 to form the 17th 21st Lancers. The most famous engagement of this regiment was the battle of Omdurman in the Sudan where Winston Churchill, then an officer of the 4th Hussars, rode with the unit in The Charge of Omdurman. This magnificent example, in its original named tin, is a pre 1898 model as it is without any battle honours. Victorian crown. The lower scroll reads ‘21ST LANCERS’. Powder blue top. All of the lacework having good bright gilt with its powder blue VR centered pompom. Good skin to the body, with its original slightly stained mid tan Morocco sweatband with all of its inner lining. The upper inner crown has the faint remains of the gilded logo of the Company Sandilands & Company of Conduit Street, London. There is no moth damage to the powder blue mortarboard top, we mention this as this is quite a common occurrence with officers lance caps. The helmet is complete with its original white feather plume and its correct pattern officers plume holder, which fits perfectly to the helmet. The helmet is in its original tin, which is named to the exterior ‘L.W.H.Tungham Esquire 21st Lancers’. The tin also with its matching Sandilands 12 Conduit Street, Regent Street, London’ brass gilded plaquette. The closing catch to the lid is present but the protruding eyelet that it is secured to has broken away. Some slight rust but much original japanned finish remaining.