An Officer’s 16th or Queens Lancers 1846 pattern Chapska
A very rare example of an officer’s so called third pattern 16th or Queens Lancers chapska circa 1850.
The precise date of introduction of this cap is not known but the 1846 dress regulations describe the cap as being 8 ¾” deep in front and 9 ½” at the back. The cap comprises a leather skull with a turned up rear peak with ¾” gold braid traced with a ¼” gold braid. The front peak of leather and similarly laced with ¾” gold braid and traced on either side with ¼”gold braid.
The waist of the chapska has a 2” band of gold lace with a ¼” red silk train in the centre in the correct pattern lace. Below this is a further strip of ¾” gold braid also traced with a ¼” gold braid. The base of the cap has a ¾” gold braid strip also traced with a ¼” gold braid.
The cap plate has a universal gilt rayed plate upon which rests silver ( white metal ) ornamentation in the form of the Royal Arms below a tablet inscribed Queens , below the royal arms are numerous battle honours celebrating the various campaigns that the 16th were engaged in.
The top of the cap is black melton cloth in the classic mortar board style with the front angle in line with the centre of the cap. Gold cord runs up each angle and over the top of cap. A large gold bullion VR rosette rests on the left hand side of the cap.
The interior retains its original leather sweat band and remnants of the crimson silk liner in the condition I would expect to see for a cap 160 years old.
Overall in good condition with some minor tarnishing of the braid and lace, the corners of the gold cords are worn through and one or two isolated holes are evident in the cloth at the corners of the cap. These appear to be more from wear rather than moth damage. The chin chain is a correct pattern contemporary replacement of gilt links backed on to leather and finished with an underside of black velvet. A correct pattern feather plume is available