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[Royal Artillery sabretache] [realia].
[Great Britain], [ca. 1856]
Physical Description:
1 sabretache : leather, gold and silver braid ; 35 cm high x 29 cm wide at base (18 cm wide at top)
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Folio A 2011 92
Yale Center for British Art, Hohenzollern-Schlaberg-Hughes Collection, Gift Thomas Lowe Hughes, Yale JD 1952
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Thomas Gilchrist (1812-1856) was the stepson of Charles Frederick Schlaberg (1794-1883). Upon Gilchrist's death in the Crimean War in 1856, the present sabretache was sent to his family in Canada as a gift from Gilchrist's commanding officer (cf. a note of provenance accompanying the item). The sabretache subsequently passed to John James Schlaberg and Thomas Lowe Hughes.
"The [sabretache] originally hung on the two straps from a narrow waistbelt but later acquired a third strap or sling. The bag became a very flat object of leather with a stiff cover or flap. It was this flap which was ornamented in various ways--by a broad edging of braid of lace and by means of a device either embroidered on the cloth face or in metal ... In the British Army the sabretache soon became an elaborate affair and an object of artistic craftsmanship with complex needlework ... The Royal Artillery also had its own version of a sabretache. The Royal Cypher had been worn in the centre but in 1833 the complete Royal Arms and a single word 'Ubique' (Everywhere) was chosen ... There was a change in 1837 from the Hanoverian Arms to those of Queen Victoria but after that little change took place in the basic sabretache."--Carman, W.Y. Sabretaches of the British Army (National Army Museum, 1969).
Royal Artillery officer's sabretache, ca. 1856. The front flap is covered in dark cloth edged with gold pattern lace. The center bears raised gold embroidery showing the British coat of arms above a laurel and oak leaf wreath. An embroidered Queen Victoria crown and a small lion surmounts this device. Above and below the wreath are embroidered scrolls bearing the mottoes of the Royal Artillery: "Ubique" and "Quo Fas et Gloria Ducunt." The latter motto is below a gold field gun. There are three brass D rings at the top of the sabretache for attachment to the waist straps.
Subject Terms:
Crimean War, 1853-1856.
Gilchrist, Thomas, 1812-1856.
Great Britain. Army -- Officers -- History -- Uniforms.
Great Britain. Army. Royal Regiment of Artillery -- Uniforms.
Hughes, Thomas Lowe, 1925-
Military uniforms.
Schlaberg, John James.

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