Jacket worn by Lieutenant-Colonel (later General) John Wilkie, 10th (The Prince of Wales's Own) Royal Regiment of Light Dragoons (Hussars), 1854 (c)
To replace the cavalry lost in the Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaklava (October 1854), two regiments were ordered to the Crimea from India, the 10th Hussars and the 12th (The Prince of Wales's) Royal Regiment of Lancers. The 10th arrived on 17 April 1855.
Wilkie (1817-1882) joined the regiment as a cornet in 1838. His short-frogged jacket, of which the style, reflecting the Hungarian origins of the hussar, was de rigueur, is luxuriantly decorated with Vandyke pattern lace and Russia braid. To the centre front are 21 large gilt metal plain ball buttons for fastening the jacket; the other four rows of ornamental buttons are plain gilt metal half domed patterned. The jacket is lined with white silk to the body, while to the waist there is a lining of buff coloured leather.
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