This fighting unit was raised in 1715 as an individual fighting force during the Jacobite Rebellion;, the revolt of the Stuarts against King George I. They Started out as cavalry units, but in 1816 they were made into a lancer unit following the fine performance of French Lancer Regiments at the Battle of Waterloo. Lances had been found an effective weapon when used against the British by the Poles during battles in Spain. The Duke of Wellington’s Army was prepared for hand to hand fighting, but not against the lances that gave the enemy an advantage of reach and again in the Battle of Waterloo where the British lost one third of their strength in just ten minutes due to their opponents use of the lance against the antiquated weaponry used by the British soldiers. The British decided to introduce the lance into their arsenal. These units saw action in India, playing a key role in the siege and fall of Delhi, earning the nickname “The Delhi Spearmen” and twelve Victoria Crosses for their outstanding performance. Both regiments fought in South Africa from 1899-1902 and on the Western Front during WWI, earning a Victoria Cross for “gallantry in action” for saving the guns of the 119 Battery Royal Field Artillery. During WWII Lord Gort wrote “without the Twelfth Lancers only a small part of the Army would have reached Dunkirk.” when they covered the withdrawal of the British Expeditionary Forces. They would then be called upon to serve with an armoured division in North Africa and were the first to link up with American units. A detachment of the units was given the task of guarding the Royal Family and members of the Cabinet during WWII. It has since served in Northern Ireland and in Cyprus as part of the United Nations peacekeeping force. On the horse brass, a pair of crossed lances with pennons flying outward are placed with the Prince of Wales’s plume and the motto “Ich Dien” (I serve), while on the lower portion of the lances a scroll inscribed IX-XII.
Horse Brass: 9th & 12th Royal Lancers
Horse Brass: 9th & 12th Royal Lancers.
Made by ARMAC Brassworks, Birmingham, England.
Hand cast using the finest British brass.
Casting mix consists of pure ingot brass rich with copper for superior color.
Hand filed to remove any rough edges left after casting.
Hand polished to enhance the natural beauty of high quality brass.
ARMAC Brassworks has been producing quality brassware for more than 75 years.
|Dimensions||3.50 × 3.00 × .16 in|