Id’d 10th Royal Hussars Sabretache dated 1870
Ornately-embroidered sabretache, of the British 10th Royal Hussars, (“The Prince of Wales’s Own”) measuring approximately 12″ x 14.5″, bearing the insignia of the Prince of Wales, Queen Victoria’s royal cypher, and the regimental battle honors of “Peninsula”, “Sevastopol”, and “Waterloo” within three ribbons toward the bottom. All embroidery is done in gold bullion, executed on a red wool background. The backing and bag are composed of red leather, somewhat faded through use. The leather backing on the reverse of one side of the sabretache is loose due to disintegration of the stitching. The bullion facings and embroidery are toned and show wear with age. The interior of the sabretache has the inked name and date of “H.S. Gough X Hussars 1870” as well as the notation of “W.T. 1870.”
The original owner of the sabretache was Hugh Sutlej Gough, Commander of the Order of the Bath and Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George. Hugh Sutlej Gough was born on 4 February 1848, the eldest son of General Sir John B. Gough, G.C.B. He was educated at the Royal Navy School, Gosport and Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He served in the Royal Navy, 1862-65 before entering the Army as a Cornet in the 10th Royal Hussars in 1868. He was advanced to Captain in 1875, Major in 1881, Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel in 1884; Colonel in 1888 and Major-General in 1900; C.M.G., 1886; C.B., 1899. He served as A.D.C. to the Commander-in-Chief, India, 1876-81. Served in the Afghan War, 1878-79; Egypt Campaign, 1884 (mentioned in dispatches); and the Bechuanaland expedition, 1884-85. Served as Lieutenant-Governor and Commander of Troops at Jersey, 1904-10 and was later Hon. Colonel of the Royal Militia of the Island of Jersey and Colonel-in-Chief of the 20th Hussars. He died on 30 March 1920.