Central India Horse. A Lieutenant Colonel’s full dress tunic.


A very good and scarce dress tunic of the 38th and 39th Central India Horse. The tunic is of hussar pattern and is described in the official Dress Regulations for the Indian Army as being an ‘optional’ item of uniform for British officers. No doubt in the heat of Central India the regimental kurta would have been decidedly more comfortable. The tunic is described as being of drab cloth [a sort of light khaki or sand colour] and has maroon velvet facings to the collar and cuffs with the standard hussar gold lace and cord with five loops across the breast fastened with olivets, the sleeves with Austrian knots. The distinctive shoulder straps, also of hussar pattern, have the rank badges of a lieutenant colonel, the crown of the distinctive imperial style worn by this regiment and also appearing on the pairs of gilt buttons to the sleeves. There is no maker’s label or name to the uniform but it probably dates from the Edwardian period and the limited number of lieutenant colonels may make it possible to pin it down to an original owner. There are four loops on the left breast where a medal bar could be fixed, possibly allowing for about four medals. The Central India Horse was a very smart cavalry regiment which produced a number of officers who occupied important extra-regimental positions. For example, when the Imperial Cadet Force was formed its only two British officers were its commandant at the Delhi Durbar of 1903, Major W A Watson [who later commanded the regiment] and its adjutant, Captain D H Cameron.

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