5th Punjab Inf. kullah color in 2nd Afghan War

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5th Punjab Inf. kullah color in 2nd Afghan War

Postby Mad Guru » 20 Dec 2015 09:54

I've been searching for a clue to the color of the kullahs the 5th Punjab Infantry wore under their turbans at the time of the Second Afghan War. I believe their pagris were khaki, and I know their uniforms had green facings. I've also read that the 1886 Regimental Dress Regulations include a reference to the khaki pagris having green fringe, but...

I have yet to find a single mention of the regiment's kullah -- not to mention a color image.

If anyone has any info with regard to the color of 5th Punjab Infantry's kullahs, I'd be forever in your debt if you would please share it!
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Re: 5th Punjab Inf. kullah color in 2nd Afghan War

Postby acanthus » 21 Dec 2015 21:00

In the first instance I must say this is only an educated guess.

As you have already pointed out, later regulations stipulate Khaki (drab) pagris with Emerald Green fringe, noting that this is quite specific; my guess would be that the kullah would also be Khaki (drab) unless otherwise specified.

Maybe a study of Simpkin illustrations would be worthwhile.
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Re: 5th Punjab Inf. kullah color in 2nd Afghan War

Postby Maureene » 22 Dec 2015 11:15

For those who are unsure what a kullah is, I found a photo on an online shop Dear Old Blighty
http://www.dearoldblighty.com/viewphoto ... 355&phqu=3
The description is:
Indian Army Other Ranks Issue kullar. The cone section from a turban. This example is possibly WW1 period as it is not tailored with vent holes, as found on later examples

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Re: 5th Punjab Inf. kullah color in 2nd Afghan War

Postby acanthus » 23 Dec 2015 10:20

The other point that might be worth considering, is that Sikhs generally didn't wear a Kullah, but instead wore a Pagh under the main Turban; this is often obvious at the top of the forehead as a different colour, in the inverted V created by the turban windings.

Being a Punjab regiment, the composition would surely have consisted of a considerable number of Sikhs.
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Re: 5th Punjab Inf. kullah color in 2nd Afghan War

Postby acanthus » 23 Dec 2015 10:20

The other point that might be worth considering, is that Sikhs generally didn't wear a Kullah, but instead wore a Pagh under the main Turban; this is often obvious at the top of the forehead as a different colour, in the inverted V created by the turban windings.

Being a Punjab regiment, the composition would surely have consisted of a considerable number of Sikhs.
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Re: 5th Punjab Inf. kullah color in 2nd Afghan War

Postby crimea1854 » 24 Dec 2015 12:18

The following link will take you to a photograph in the NAM collection :http://www.nam.ac.uk/online-collection/detail.php?acc=1955-04-41-35. The standing figure on the far right is shown with a kullah, and although in b&w the shade is nearer that of the sash rather than the fringe, which makes me wonder if it is not red.

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Re: 5th Punjab Inf. kullah color in 2nd Afghan War

Postby Mad Guru » 24 Dec 2015 21:32

Many thanks to everyone who replied to my post, and a special thanks to Martin for pointing me to that photo, which I must agree leaves the less than definitive but still strong impression that the kullah was red rather than green.
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