|This tunic was introduced in
1881, replacing the former model that was of the Light Dragoons
pattern (five rows of braiding only).
The tunic is dark blue with scarlet
facings (collar and cuffs). It is lined with white worsted braid,
that only extends at the base of the collar. The usual Austrian
Knots cuff ornaments were replaced with that pattern with a simple
The cut of the skirts of the tunic is
quite rounded (though square models have been observed). The
scarlet pillbox was introduced in the 1880s ; the model differed
greatly according to rank.
Here we can see the Private pattern : the band is black, as are
the four-part figure and button on the top.
The Staffordshire Yeomanry had been
sporting hussar-like tunics since 1808, but they retained
dragoon-like helmets as late as 1894 when the busby was introduced.
No cap lines seem to have been worn with the helmets, which helps
to state that this photograph is post 1894.