In 1881, the three regiments of Household Cavalry were using the 1870 pattern pouch belt. Like the regular cavalry belt, it was in two parts; the main belt and buckle assembly. It was three inches wide (an inch wider than regular cavalry). Instead of studs, the belt ends were buckled to the pouch. There were two loops for the flask cord later reduced to one, although the two loops could be seen well into the 1890s.
In 1885 the Household Cavalry, with the line cavalry, adopted the curved belt with the same fittings as used on the 1870 belt. The single loop for the flask cord was now standard.
Household Cavalry pouches were the same as the line cavalry. On the 1882 pouch the 1st & 2nd Life Guards had the ornament of the Royal Arms in brass with a full scarlet felt backing. By the time the Mark II and Mark III pouches were adopted, the backing was only on the lower part.
The Royal Horse Guards did not have a backing to the ornament. Staff-Corporals and above used the officer’s pouch with the same ornament as the men.
The 1882 and 1884 pattern belts were essentially the same. 2 inches wide and in two parts attached with a ring. The sword carriage belts were secured with a stud instead of being sewn. The belt plate was, in 1884 standardized to bear the Royal Arms for all three regiments. Prior to that the plate for the 1st & 2nd Life Guards was the same as their officers’ pattern, only plain brass.