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Old 21-02-21, 07:09 PM
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A 2nd Lancers and a H.H. The Guikowars Cavalry horse bits.
I would like to find some history of the Guikowars cavalry since I have not found any.
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Old 22-02-21, 11:15 AM
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Hi there - the 2nd (Nizam's Own) Imperial Service Lancers martingale is nice and dates from 1893 when the Regt was formed. The HH Guikowars Cavalry is quite intriguing- I think it belongs to the Baroda Princely State Forces. There is a very similar martingale shown in the "Maharajas' Paltans" book - the cypher with the scimitar above is identical - but the words in the strap are "HIS HIGHNESS'S OWN REGIMENT" - it's attributed to the 1st Infantry and is dated to 1877 > 1911. I suspect that your martingale dates from before 1886 - but its worthy of further research. Tim
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It is indeed the Gaikwar of Baroda's Cavalry dating from the 1870s. Ive seen the martingale before (not this one) but not found anything on the regiment. I think it was probably part of the household or bodyguard cavalry. Nothing in Izzat or McClenaghan and Head's book either..
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Old 23-02-21, 02:22 PM
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It is indeed the Gaikwar of Baroda's Cavalry dating from the 1870s. Ive seen the martingale before (not this one) but not found anything on the regiment. I think it was probably part of the household or bodyguard cavalry. Nothing in Izzat or McClenaghan and Head's book either..
Not an area I klnow much about, but my bet is that any princely state units which were not taken into the Imperial State Forces scheme are virtually unresearched. Which is a shame but perhaps not surprising.
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Old 24-02-21, 08:12 AM
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Not an area I klnow much about, but my bet is that any princely state units which were not taken into the Imperial State Forces scheme are virtually unresearched. Which is a shame but perhaps not surprising.
You're right Peter...Nice that some of these unknown, little-known badges have survived...the joys of this hobby/disease : )
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Old 25-02-21, 08:04 PM
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Interestingly enough I found this horse bit a few years ago from a seller in India.
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