The Yorkshire Wolds Cavalry Guidon 1798-1808
Lot 245
The Yorkshire Wolds Cavalry Guidon 1798-1808
Sold for £7,500 (US$ 12,606) inc. premium
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Lot Details
The Yorkshire Wolds Cavalry Guidon 1798-1808
A most rare single sided example of pale green silk, thereafter beautifully painted with the unit title and other relevant emblems. In the centre in gold on a blue ground, 'The/Yorkshire/Wolds/Cavalry', this within Union sprays of roses and thistles in red, purple and greens. Around the central design evenly spaced are four decorated oval panels, two display small Union sprays in red purple and greens on a red ground. The other two show the White Horse of Hanover, white on red with a narrow green 'ground'. The guidon is still complete with its silver bullion fringe, 98.5 x 68cm including the fringe. Some slight loss of the pale green silk but very good condition for the age. Now mounted on a fine green fabric backing, framed and glazed.


  • NOTE. In 1798, Sir Christopher Sykes (2nd Baronet) raised some five
    troops of yeomanry from around the villages of his country seat
    Sledmere, stood down in 1801. The corps was re-raised in 1803 by his successor eldest son, Sir Mark Masterman Sykes, achieving a strength of around 260 effectives. The uniform was scarlet with green facings, the buttons were flat, silver plated and bore the design of a central crown with 'Yorks Wolds Yeo. Cav., around the edge. The corps is still in being in 1812 as it is listed as having 229 effectives in the Parliamentary Return of 5th March.
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