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British Victorian Royal Artillery Sabertache

Originating in Hungary with the mounted Hussar light cavalry regiments and known as a Tarsoly, the sabertache is a decorated leather pouch hung from an officer’s belt and used to carry important documents. They became very popular during Napoleonic times and were still in use in the 20th C. The uniforms of the day were highly decorative and generally made without pockets, so the sabertache was used in their stead. This example dates to the third quarter of the 19th C. It consists of a heavy board covered with black leather; its face features a black felt background surmounted with the royal coat of arms, oak leaf clusters, a silver cannon, and the motto "QUO FAS ET GLORIA DUCUNT" (The right and glory lead). This is embroidered in high relief in gold and silver bullion thread and gold, silver, red, blue, and green silk thread. There is a broad gold sewn textile border. On the reverse is a leather document pouch with button flap. Three brass hanging loops at the top. Condition is generally very good plus with nearly all the original thread present. Leather is supple with only minor wear. There is minor tarnish to the bullion and the silver cannon. Size is 13 ˝" high by 10 5/8" wide. These high quality decorative uniform accessories are very attractive and highly collectible.

M1265 $795

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