The Royal Lancers and Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum


Important new acquisition: czapka

of the pattern used in
the Charge of the Light Brigade

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In early October 2016 the RLNY 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 RLNY 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.


The RLNY Museum at Thoresby

The museum displays the historic collections of the Royal Lancers, the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry and the South Nottinghamshire Hussars. These fascinating collections are of national importance and are displayed together for the first time in the newly renovated wing of Thoresby Courtyard.

The museum was opened by HRH Princess Alexandra on Tuesday 26th July 2011. Since then thousands of visitors have toured this fascinating new display.       More

The Queen's Royal Lancers

The Queen's Royal Lancers is a serving armoured regiment based in Catterick, with Her Majesty the Queen as its Colonel-in-Chief. Its cap badge is known as 'the motto' - death or glory - because of the skull and crossed bones above 'or glory'. The Queen's Royal Lancers was formed from six old and famous cavalry regiments.       More

The Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry

Raised in 1794, the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry has served with distinction in many conflicts and in particular the Second World War. Now part of the Territorial Army, it is the only element of the TA with unbroken service in armour. It is presently known as S (SRY) Squadron The Royal Yeomanry and is based in Nottingham.       More

The South Nottinghamshire Hussars

The South Nottinghamshire Hussars was raised as a volunteer cavalry regiment in 1794 and converted to artillery in 1922. It is now a battery of the Territorial Army, known as 307 (SNH Yeomanry) Battery Royal Artillery, equipped with the L118 Light Gun.        More