Stuart_Bates wrote:If the image were reversed that would mean his sword was to the right.
then why has he also a leather pouch on his hip with the belt passing through and under it?
Riahen wrote:I think your surmise is quite likely. The most likely reason a blacksmith would pose for a photo with his wife wearing the uniform would presumably be when he was most proud to wear it - when it was first received. I wondered what the "splodge" was.
1857 fits well within (at the upper end of) estimate of both their ages. John would be 40 in 1857 and his wife Mary would be 31. These ages seem reasonably in keeping with the apparent ages of the couple in the photo. The only wrinkle is the lists I have found for the Knaresborough Troop are dated 1853 and John is listed. Is it possible this item was in use earlier than 1857?
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