Sabretache & Crossbelt
An early 20thC Officers' cartridge pouch to the
Leicestershire Yeomanry Cavalry, the black leather body lined in
green leather with silver front flap bearing the maker's name
'Joseph Jennens & Co.,' hallmarked Birmingham 1910 and decorated
with King's crown, LYC and Prince Albert's Own titles in gilt.
Above: LIY Officers Crossbelt, post 1902 (Silver fittings made in
Above: PAOLYC Officers Crossbelt, Hallmarked Birmingham 1875.
Above: PAOLYC Officers Crossbelt, Hallmarked London 1850. This
cross belt was last owned by Colonel F G Blair CB and is now
owned by the Squadron Leader of B (LDYPAO) Squadron, The Royal
Leicestershire Yeomanry Cavalry Victorian
Officer's pouch. An extremely fine red Morocco lined pouch, the
scarlet cloth face edged with silver lace; the centre
embroidered with gold Crown and silver wire 'LYC' cipher resting
on a padded tri-part scroll inscribed 'Prince Albert's Own';
foliated ends supporting plain belt loops; complete with red
Morocco foul weather cover. Very fresh VGC . . together with
associated two inch red Morocco backed silver lace pouch belt
with silver buckle, tip and slide by J & Co with
Birmingham hallmarks for 1879. Silver boss, chains, arrow
pickers and hexagonal keeper; the boss and keeper bearing
Birmingham hallmarks for 1881.
The original purpose of the silver "Prickers" was a functional
and vital one. Only Light Cavalry regiments have them and they
were used to disable the enemy guns once the enemy position was
over run. Cavalry Officers wore them because they had to decide
if it was tactically necessary to disable the guns they had
captured. If it was, then a pricker would be jammed into the
fuse hole of the cannon, hammered in, and then the top would be
broken off the pricker. Therefore rendering the gun inoperable
for the duration of the battle and until the "plug" could be
taken out. A handsome but necessary part of uniform for the
officer during the 1800's.
The pricker plate is still worn by Cavalry Officers today as a
visible sign of rank and as a reminder of its role in Cavalry
The belt is made from red morocco leather (2 1/4 inches wide)
and sewn onto to it is silver "Denmark Lace" (regimental
pattern). The Leicestershire Yeomanry were initially Light
Dragoons and therefore wore Light Dragoon pattern silver buckle,
slider and end plate (as seen below). The Light Dragoon pattern
buckle, slider and end cap would have acid etched designs in
them for the officers. On becoming Hussars in 1873, the
crossbelt ornaments changed to the Hussar pattern (as seen
auction dated: 26th October 2002 (The items were not sold)
Four officers' full
dress silver-mounted leather pouches (described vertically):
marks for Birmingham, 1887, maker Joseph Jennens & Company, gilt
metal "VR" cypher surmounted by Victorian crown, (leather worn,
light scratches); marks for Birmingham, 1913, Jennens & Company,
cypher for George V surmounted by crown, light cavalry, (dents,
light scratches); marks for Birmingham, 1870, Jennens & Company,
cypher LH (replaced), (wear to leather, dents, repairs),
Leicestershire Yeomanry Cavalry, accompanying note
attributes ownership to Prince Albert; red leather, marks for
Birmingham, 1891, maker B&P, "VR" cypher for reigning monarch,
light cavalry, (repairs to corners, tape residue
on leather), all mounted in contemporary shadowbox frame, all
approximately 3 x 7-1/4 in.
United States of America
Re above : Of course, it could be that they have
confused "Prince Albert's Own" as being attributed to his
ownership of the item.
Col Legh-Keck's accoutrements.
**The cross belt has the buckles and
slider of Dragoon's and, curiously, has the silver lace used by
Army Medical Staff/Corps and not the "Denmark Lace" as seen on
Some detail of the crossbelt and sterling
silver fittings, note the "Hussar" pattern buckle, slider and
Another example of the sterling silver
Leicestershire Yeomanry Cavalry 1885 Officer's silver pouch. A
good scarce example by J & Co Jennens, the silver flap and belt
loops bearing Birmingham hallmarks for 1885. Black leather pouch
with silver embroidered edging around the top; solid silver flap
with engraved floral decoration around the edges, the centre
mounted with gilt Crowned "LYC" cypher resting on a tri-part
scroll inscribed "Prince Albert's Own". Complete with foliated
ends and plain silver belt loops.
Dress Cartouche badge (post 1844)
undress Cartouche badge (post 1844)
Example of an LYC Hussar cross belt
Pricker plate & fixings.
Example of an LYC Hussar cross belt end
Silver plated Sabretache and Sword strap buckles (later type)
Sliver Sabretache and Sword strap buckles (earlier type)
Undress Sword Belt
The Cross belt pouch has been put on top of the sword belt, the
Cross belt was plain black leather with the pouch attached. All
ranks wore the black cross belts in undress.
The above belonged to Sir Arthur Hazlerigg 12th Baronet and was
a Cornet in the LYC 1832 - 1844. This item was from a Knowesley Hall sale.
A black leather face edged with flat narrow silver lace in the
Vandyke pattern. The
same lace is used to form
the large simple script initials 'LYC'. Above the letters a
large gilt metal St. Edward's crown. The
sabretache inner flap with ink inscription, "Sir A.G.Hazlerigg,
Bart". Together with the relevant black and silver plated waist
belt sword and sabretache slings.