The name "Dragoon" comes from "Dragon" which was the nickname for a musket. The cavalry traditionally used swords in combat, but the dragoons were the first to introduce the musket which was leveled between the ears of the horse. This unit was raised in 1688 under the title of "Earl of Devonshire’s Regiment of Horse," as all military units before the formation of a national army were named after the individual who recruited them from his own resources and led them into battle as a private army. The Colours (Standard/Flag) is 2′ 6" square and includes the Coat of Arms of General Ligonier on one side and on the other, his crest and the motto "Quo Fata Vocant. The Standard narrowly escaped being captured during the battle of Dettingen (1743) when Cornet (rank changed to 2nd Lieutenant in 1871) Richardson, surrounded by the enemy and suffering from more than 30 wounds, held onto the the Colours at swords length until he and the flag could be rescued by reinforcements. The Flag remains unchanged today in his honour.The 4th and 7th were formed originally as mounted infantry. This meant they rode horses to the battlefield, but dismounted and fought on foot. They were later "promoted" to light cavalry status, being armed with a musket, sword, and pistol (hand-gonne)and began fighting on horseback. Today, the regiment serves as a Line Cavalry, assigned to the Royal Armoured Corps. The Colonel-in-Chief is HRH Prince of Wales.
HORSE BRASS: MILITARY UNIT COLLECTION: 4th &7th Royal Dragoon Guards.
Made in England by ARMAC which has been producing quality brasswares for more than 75 years. Cast using a pure first-run ingot brass mix rich in copper for lasting beauty and endurance. Hand filed to remove any rough edges and hand polished to enhance the natural beauty of quality brass.