Steve's Uniform Pages


 Bringing the World of Victorian Military Uniforms to you


Uniforms have changed considerably throughout history, none more frequently than through Victorian times 1837-1901


I am looking for information on Manufacturers and suppliers who have in the past supplied products to 'The Thin Red Line' otherwise known as 'Victorian Tymes'. Please email me if you know of any.


Contact Steve at :  steve@victorianstrollers.co.uk

Steves Uniform Pages 
Infantry Officer Ranks 
Infantry Officer 1857 
RE Officers 
Inf Officer Zulu War 
24th Foot ORs 
Infantry Soldier 1902 
17th Lancer Officer 
Dragoon Sudan 1890 
Royal Artillery 
1850 Peeler 
For Sale 
Steves Uniform Museum 
Cigarette Cards 
modern uniforms 



Please note that when it comes to researching uniforms, particularly those worn during the Zulu war, reference to films should be taken with a pinch of salt. It is particularly worth noting that the uniform worn by Michael Caine in Zulu is nothing like anything that may have been worn during the 1870-1880 period (other than the colour).

It is actually more like a post 1881 tunic. 


If you would like help in putting together a uniform I am able to provide information on most things and can even get some items produced for you such as tunics, trousers and head dress etc.

Please allow plenty of time though, as I usually make or get items to order.



Click on images below for more pictures and information:

Infantry Officers Uniform   1857

17th Lancers Officer Uniforms 1879 Home and Foreign Service

Royal Engineers Officers Uniforms

Undress Frock coat coming soon


Click here to view RE Busby pictures

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Infantry Officers Undress Uniform 24th Foot 1879 Zulu War

24th Foot 2nd Warwickshies Infantry Other ranks 1879

Officers Uniforms Zulu War

Other variations coming soon




1850 'Peeler' Policeman


Royal Artillery uniform



1st Royal Dragoons undress 1890

Royal Sussex Regiment 1902

 Kings Royal Rifle Corps Uniform 1891



Click here to view KRRC Busby pictures


Most of my uniforms are based on the following works:

1.    The Thin Red Line: Uniforms of the British Army between 1751 and 1914 by Fosten, DSV & Fosten, BK. Crowood Press. ISBN 1872004008

2.    A history of the regiments & uniforms of the British Army By Robert Money Barnes. Seeley Service


For more detailed original pictures of uniforms visit this incredible Website:

I am hoping to build up and post a number of pages relating to original uniforms of various regiments and dress. If you have any uniforms and could take hi-res digital pictures and would like to send them to me with details of what they are I would be most grateful and will include them (with credits etc) as I produce them. Watch this space. Thanks.

All uniform recreations require considerable research into exactly what the items should look like.

It would appear that because officers generally brought their own uniforms, there were certain minor differences, possibly due to different tailors interpreting dress regulations differently, but also because news of dress regulation changes took time to reach some officers. Others would continue to wear their old uniforms until they needed to be replaced and only then adopted the new regulation pattern.

Research into the uniforms obviously has to start with the appropriate regimental museum and period dress regulations.

I have however formed an opinion that most museums if they have the items that you seek, tend to display the items so that only the important features are shown. most of these items are generally displayed in sealed cases and are not able to be rotated for photographing etc. Similarly, any pictures in books or on most websites tend only to show the front of an item. You try to find pictures of the rear of any officer wearing his full dress and pouch belt.

However, if you regularly browse through online auction sites and are lucky enough to find an original item for sale, the seller normally provides all round photos, top bottom and sometimes even inside. These are invaluable! I have now built up quite a collection of pictures from said sites and can provide you with any information that I might have.

If you are or have been  a seller at some time, you might find a copy of your pictures on these pages. I hope you will not mind. If you do have any objections please contact me to discuss these.

 Contact Steve at :  steve@victorianstrollers.co.uk




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