1st Bengal Lancers
- Officer in Full Dress, c1860
These two photos are of
the same officer who we are unable to identify. From the
amount of gold decoration on his sleeve he would appear
to be a senior officer, possibly the commanding officer.
His upper garment is a yellow alkalak. It was laid down
in the 1863 dress regulations that in the first eight regiments
of Irregular cavalry the officers were to wear the alkalak
the same as the Indian officers. For the other eleven regiments,
the officers were required to wear a tunic. These photographs
were taken at a time when yellow came out as a dark colour.
The photo of this officer mounted shows a shabraque covering
the saddle and flanks. The dress regulations say that these
should be of the facing colour of the regiment, which in
this case is black. It is edged in gold and decorated with
a 1 and BIC (Bengal Irregular Cavalry).