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Postby Celebrinthil » Tue May 27, 2008 11:14 pm

Officers and ladies of Skinner's Horse at Audley End, May 2008.





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Postby Tuppence » Wed May 28, 2008 1:07 am

Very nice.

What's the fabric, cos it looks a shade out to me (though obv could be the picture / monitor playing tricks)


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Postby Lord Byron » Wed May 28, 2008 2:12 am

Is the gentleman at the centre portraying an actual/specific Officer of the period? I ask as he seems to be wearing the VC - wearing campaign medals relevant to the period is usually ok, but wearing the Empires highest award for bravery if you're not portraying someone who did earn it seems a bit iffy... :?



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Postby Celebrinthil » Wed May 28, 2008 8:41 am

Hi Tuppence

It's Princess of Wales Gold doeskin. The period is early 1880's - at the time the kurta was a mustard yellow. A more "yellow" cloth (seen on Col Gray's kurta in the NAM) became the norm later, certainly after 1896 when the regiment converted to Bengal Lancers. (reference photograph of British and Indian officers taken at Peshawar in 1886).

Hi Lord Byron - none of us represent historical officers of Skinner's. The medals worn are appropriate to the age of the wearer (Alex is 72) and generally add flavour to the portrayals when we're not galloping about. This gig was done alongside Queen Victoria, so we thought it nice to include the vaunted honour as an opportunity to talk about it's instigation and what it represents. Not sure I'd agree that it's iffy! We're only playing....



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Postby Nigel » Wed May 28, 2008 8:52 am

Celebrinthil wrote:Hi Tuppence

It's Princess of Wales Gold doeskin. The period is early 1880's - at the time the kurta was a mustard yellow. A more "yellow" cloth (seen on Col Gray's kurta in the NAM) became the norm later, certainly after 1896 when the regiment converted to Bengal Lancers. (reference photograph of British and Indian officers taken at Peshawar in 1886).

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I know the fabric we ahve quite a bit of it it looks totally differnat in light so to speak


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Postby Celebrinthil » Wed May 28, 2008 9:06 am

Indeed! Is yours done in PoW gold? Is your uniform the same period?



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Postby Nigel » Wed May 28, 2008 9:10 am

its deffinatley POW mess kit fabric as Hainsworths were very reluctant to sell it to us probabaly going to get debs to cut it as mess kit now


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Postby Celebrinthil » Wed May 28, 2008 9:53 am

cool, the mess kit is gorgeous - mine's in production at the moment. Soooooo much gold gimp. I'm sure you've got all the info you need but shout if I can help.

Will we see it at Kelmarsh?



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Postby Nigel » Wed May 28, 2008 10:01 am

Celebrinthil wrote:cool, the mess kit is gorgeous - mine's in production at the moment. Soooooo much gold gimp. I'm sure you've got all the info you need but shout if I can help.

Will we see it at Kelmarsh?


Info we ahve

Well it depends on a few things like how busy Debs is :D


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Postby Andy R » Wed May 28, 2008 11:31 am

Very nice Mike, very nice indeed. :D


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Postby Celebrinthil » Wed May 28, 2008 12:41 pm

Glad you like Andy! We're not wearing cartridge boxes in that shot - they've come out beautifully - bullion embroidered cypher and battle honours and black velvet. Mmmmmm....nice



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Postby Andy R » Wed May 28, 2008 12:42 pm

You great big tart :D

Have you shown Mr Stroud?


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Postby Jenn » Wed May 28, 2008 5:52 pm

we saw you at Audley End on monday - impressed by you still doing the gymkhana despite the weather.



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Postby Celebrinthil » Wed May 28, 2008 9:22 pm

Thanks Jenn - it is tough for everyone in that kind of weather, but when horses are involved it takes on a different dimension. Everyone home for a chota-peg safe and sound though, if a little soggy...




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