A Royal Horse Guards Waterloo period Officer’s Sabretache
A Royal Horse Guards Waterloo period officer’s sabretache belonging to Captain J.B. Riddlesden comprising a border of regimental pattern lace which surrounds a garter star and various trophies of arms. Above this are two battle honor scrolls for Peninsula and Waterloo and above these a Georgian crown all set on a rich red or crimson velvet background.
What is particularly interesting to note is that there is clear evidence imprinted on the velvet ground that indicates the crown has been moved up on the sabretache to make space for the addition of the Waterloo and Peninsula battle honors suggesting that this sabretache pre dates Waterloo and may well have been present at the battle of Waterloo as virtually all the Household cavalry regiments took part in the battle.
Overall the condition is very good with some minor losses of sequins and embroidery to the garter star but other than this the sabretache is in remarkably sound condition.
The reverse is fashioned from red morocco leather with a pocket and flap lined in canvass. On the canvass is a handwritten name for Captain J.B. Riddlesden who was present with the regiment at Waterloo. Riddlesden joined the regiment on 4th April 1811 and served in the Peninsula, he was present at the battle`s of Vittoria and Toulouse. He attained the rank of Colonel and is shown as on half pay 23.11.1841
Suffice to say this sabretache is clearly an historically important piece and is priced to reflect its importance.