Until the middle of the 19th century, the Lancer regiments’ officers carried sabretaches with cloth faces with gold and silver embroidered devices. By the time of the Crimean War they were using black leather undress sabretaches, often with a metal device on the face. The Dress regulations that ensued simply describe the sabretache for Lancers as black leather with regimental device on the flap. The devices used from 1881 (in most cases different from those of the Crimean period), remained the same until sabretaches were abolished.
5th Lancers. In gilt, a garter over crossed lances. On the garter, the motto “QUIS SEPARABIT”. Within the Garter the Irish Harp on a raised gilt background. Below the garter a scroll with the words “ROYAL IRISH”. Below the scroll the number “5”.
9th Lancers. On crossed gilt lances the Cypher of Queen Adelaide doubled and intertwined in silver. Above the cypher a silver Guelphic crown. Below the cypher across the lance shafts, a gilt scroll inscribed “ROYAL LANCERS”. Below the scroll “IX” above the letter “L”.
12th Lancers. Crossed Lances in gilt, the lower half of the pennants in silver. In the centre, the Prince of Wales’s Feathers in silver with the coronet in gilt.
16th Lancers. On crossed Lances a garter with crown above inscribed “SIXTEENTH LANCERS”. Within the garter the Royal Cypher. Around the garter a Union wreath with scrolls bearing the regiment’s battle honours. Below the wreath additional scrolls with battle honours. The whole in gilt metal.
17th Lancers. The Death’s Head in silver (No Motto)
The 21st Lancers. On crossed lances the Royal Cypher doubled and intertwined. On a scroll above “XXI * LANCERS”. On a scroll below, “EMPRESS OF INDIA’S”. Above all, the Imperial Crown.