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Lancer officer's undress cap belonging to Major Caesar Bacon

Date made: c.1816

Description: Red and silver 'Chapka' style Lancer officer's undress cap.

It would appear that the peak is a later addition and is of French origin. There was a fashion around this time for British officers to discretely incorporate a piece of captured French uniform into their own, and it would seem likely that Bacon had the peak of a French officer's cap (possibly from the Waterloo battlefield) added to his own by a tailor.

Object name: cap

Collection: Costume & Textiles Collection

ID Number: 1954-1773


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