16th Lancers Post 1858 pattern Officer’s Chapska
A scarce example of an Officer’s 16th or Queens Lancers post 1858 Victorian / Edwardian transitional Chapska complete with cock’s feather plume. The chapska comprises a patent leather covered skull with a dark blue melton cloth mortar board top which has the angles lined up with the front and back of the cap. Gold gimp and orris cords run across the top and down the angles. On the left side is a gold bullion rosette with the embroidered Edward VII cipher on a red velvet ground.
The cap has a band of one inch gold lace with a central red silk train round the waist, with two bands of gold braid below, the upper band being half an inch wide and the lower band one quarter of an inch wide. The bottom of the cap has the same braid but reversed with the one quarter inch braid being upper most on the cap.
The helmet plate comprises a universal rayed gilt lancers plate with silver (white metal) devises representing the Royal Arms and the thirteen battle honors the regiment received in ribbons interwoven with laurel leaf decoration.
The patent leather peak is embroidered with three rows of gold purl but is missing its skiver leather peak lining. At each side of the cap are gilt lion head ear bosses that secure the gilt brass chin chain to the cap. At the rear of the cap is a hook and ring for securing the chin chain and cap lines. The interior retains its buff leather sweat band and is lined with crimson silk.
The chapska is in nice condition with some signs of moth damage to the cloth which do not distract from the appearance of this cap. There are a few age related marks to the patent leather skull which is showing some minor signs of cracking often visible with patent leather. The front peak has several areas of missing gold embroidered thread as is shown in the attached images.
Overall a clean example of a scarce transitional period lance cap priced accordingly to reflect the condition.