2nd Lt. Royal Fusiliers 4th (City of London) Btn 1901
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The uniform displayed here is in Marching Order. This pattern of dress was introduced at the end of the South African Wars, although the "India pattern" tunic had first been introduced in 1891 and the straight-sided forage cap ten years before that,.
The Sam Browne belt was introduced in the 1860 and was widely adopted by officers who instantly recognised a better way of carrying a sword and a revolver. Other advantages were shoulder braces to spread the load more evenly and a quickly adjustable frame buckle. At first only the sword and pistol were carried, but in time a purpose designed haversack appeared which snapped on and pouches for compass and binoculars could be added. Eventually, Sam Browne equipment became regulation for all infantry officers.
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