Years ago, when my father still had his antiques shop, he had a wonder oil painting of an NCO. I originally posted it at Sword Forum International
in 2006. If you read the thread, you can see we had many theories but did not reach an airtight conclusion, except that he might
be a bandsman from the 2nd battalion of the Rifle Brigade . The NAM Curator of Uniforms, Medals, and Badges stated; "From your written assumptions and the detailing visible in the image forwarded I agree that the sitter was most likely to have been a Bandmaster with the Rifle Brigade. I would date the image to post 1866.
I consulted my colleague Mr Keith Miller who has reliably informed me that the sword is a Mameluke, carried by General Officers and Bandmasters; General Officers swords had crossed baton and sword on the hilt, as this is not present in this image it confirms that the Gentleman was a Bandmaster."
The curator suggested that I contact the Royal Green Jackets Museum, which I did, but I never received a response.
My father's shop is now closed, and the painting sold long ago, but my curiosity remains. The only images I have are those I harvested from the old SFI thread linked above. I am curious if members agree with the NAM's attribution or if there may be any further suggestions.
Some possibly useful information:
--The description from the previous owner of the painting; "Portrait of a Band Sergeant, possibly Rifle Regiment, seated half length, wearing uniform and holding a mameluke hilted sword. The medals are The Crimea Medal with three bars for Alma, Inkerman and Sebastopol, and the Turkish Crimea Medal. Original frame."
--The shako plate appeared to depict a panoply of musical instruments.
--The epaulette has a number 2 on it.
--Photos (I am not able to provide additional or larger images):
And a sense of the scale of the painting: