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In early October 2016 the QRLNY Museum became aware of an important lance cap (czapka) coming up for sale at the Wallis and Wallis auction house in Lewes. It was described as "a pre-1856 Sergeant Major's lance cap of the 17th Light Dragoons (Lancers), of the pattern worn in The Charge of the Light Brigade." Although it had some wear, it was in good condition.
The full description: Of black patent leather skull and top (crazed), gilt embroidered edging to peak, rayed brass plate bearing crowned Royal Arms with supporters and motto over regimental skull and crossbones with motto scroll "Or Glory", lion's head ear bosses and leather backed chin chain (AF), lace headband, white sides to top, gilt cord rosette with black tuft, white hair falling plume in brass socket, leather and silk (torn) lining, gilt cord cap lines with olivets.
The QRLNY Museum managed to secure the czapka at a cost of £10,912 and is most grateful for the assistance of the Royal Lancers Trust and the Victoria & Albert Purchase Grant scheme.
The czapka will now form part of the Crimean display.