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Colour Sergeant's tunic, 6th Battalion Volunteer Militia of Canada, or Hochelaga Light Infantry, 1862-63

Colour Sergeant's tunic, 6th Battalion Volunteer Militia of Canada, or Hochelaga Light Infantry, 1862-63

This surviving tunic is from the collection of the Toronto military tailoring firm Sheldon Kasman. It shows an interesting variation on the standard Canadian militia tunic of the 1860s. Regulations called for pointed cuffs decorated with an 'Austrian knot' in white piping, but several units (including the Hochelaga Light Infantry, a Montreal regiment) ordered tunics from Britain that copied the British army 1854 pattern. These had a straight cuff decorated with a laced flap. Note the colour sergeant's rank badges on the upper sleeves - three silver chevrons on the left arm, and an embroidered Queen's Colour over a single silver chevron on the right.