British military sash, infantry officer's, circa 1855. Crimson silk net, 7 1/2 in. (190 mm.) Wide with crimson runners and tassels. Overall length 1920 mm. Uniform item worn by Lieut. De N. Lucas, 40th. Regiment of Foot. B. 1832, d. 1892.

Lieutenant de N. Lucas served as an officer with the 40th (2nd Somersetshire Regiment of Foot, which was one of the British regiments present at the attack on the Eureka Stockade at Ballarat, December 1854. In 1866 he served with the 40th in the Maori wars before returning to South Australia as the governor's aide. Lieutenant de N. Lucas left the British Army in 1869 and received an appointment as a musketry instructor in the Victorian Volunteer Forces. Lt. Lucas was at one time ADC to the Governor of SA Sir Dominic Daly.

Physical Description

Coarsely woven hessian sash in varying shades of red with dark, almost black, patches. Toggle trim on each end of sash with heavy rope-like tassels. The toggles on each end are stitched firmly above the tassels, there is also a free toggle which entwines both sash ends.

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