Constable, Royal Irish Constabulary, 1884

The RIC had its origins in the rural Irish constabulary of Ireland from the 1820s. It appears to have always been a paramilitary force used to maintain peace in the turbulent Irish provinces, and to enforce the will of the ruling classes. As a result of its performance during the Fenian Rising of 1867 Queen Victoria bestowed the title ‘Royal’ to the organisation. The RIC provided many officers to the emerging colonial police that were needed around the Empire, and its organisation and capabilities were mirrored around the globe.
Headdress – Dark green felt covered shako with black leather chin strap and front and rear peaks. The Constabulary badge was fixed to the front of the crown.
Tunic – Plain dark green item with the only embellishment being lace on the pointed cuffs and badges attached to the ends of the collar. Closed with blackened metal buttons down the front.
Legwear – Plain dark green trousers worn over ankle boots.
Equipment – Marching order consisting of black leather waist belt, supporting straps and ammunition pouches. The belt is closed with a brass union buckle. Over the right shoulder is carried a canvas haversack containing necessary items such as food, spare socks, etc. The frog holding the bayonet hangs from the waist belt behind the left hip.
Weapon – Calibre 0.577 Enfield short rifle with sword bayonet.

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