Sachsen Ulanen Regt. Nr. 17 Ulanka
A rare example of a NCO's Eigentumsstück (private purchase) Ulanka with shoulder straps from Kgl. Sächs.1. Ulanen-Regt. Kaiser Franz Josef von Österreich, König von Ungarn Nr.17.

Like Preußen Ulanen, the Sachsen Ulanen were lancers and were responsible primarily for patrolling and reconnaissance.

The Ulanka is a medium blue doe-skin wool which was a color used specifically by Sachsen Ulanen. The collar and Polish cuffs are burgundy and carry white Garde Litzen.

The Sachsen Ulanen had a peculiar habit after 1910 of wearing numbered straps on the Dunkelblau Ulanka in lieu of epaulettes for the three Sachsen Ulanen Regts. Photographs of this pattern are quite rare, but those that do appear show that only numbers were worn, never the regimental cypher, and the straps were sewn into the shoulder seams and were not removable.

To the left is a scarce period photo of this unusual Ulanka pattern worn by an Einjährig-Freiwilliger (One year volunteer) in Ulanen Regt Nr. 21. Instead of scaled brass epaulettes with a cypher, he wears cloth straps of the same blue material as the Ulanka, piped in white with a white #21.
A view of the collar and the unique cloth shoulder straps. Ulanen Regt Nr. 17 wore a metal cypher on their scaled brass epaulettes, but as is typical for this pattern of Ulanka, only a strap of the same blue material, piped in white with a white #17 is worn. The single Sachsen rank button combined with the NCO lace identifies the rank as a Sergeant.
A close-up of the collar with the copper Sachsen Sergeant's rank button.

The Garde Litzen consists of two long bars with burgundy Spiegel (the colored sections line between the bars on the Garde Litzen). Usually, there are two separate white Litzen sewn to the collar and the collar color shows between the two.
On this Ulanka, however, the two Litzen bars are actually one large piece and the burgundy section separating the two bars are woven into the patch as are the two Spiegel in the center of each bar. This large patch with both Litzen was then sewn to the collar. The upper Garde Litzen bar in this example, is hidden by the NCO lace.
The back of the Ulanka showing the unique piping arrangement. Note that the shoulder seams, rear sleeve seams, and lower edge of the Ulanka are piped in white.
A view of one of the unique cloth shoulder straps. Unlike epaulettes which were removable, the shoulder straps on this unusual pattern of Ulanka were made of the identical material as the Ulanka, piped in white with a white #17 and sewn into the shoulder seam.

Can you see me in the button reflection?
A view of the Polish cuffs with single yellow Garde Litzen. Buttons were in gilt or silver dependant upon the Regiment and matched the color of the metal fittings on the Tschapka.
A close-up of the Fechterabzeichen (lance proficiency indicator chevron) worn on the right sleeve with green center stripes for Sachsen. Two chevrons designate 2nd level of lance proficiency.
The matching Ulanka and Tschapka for Sachsen Ulanen Regt. Nr. 17 . The gilt fittings on the Tschapka match the color of the buttons on the Ulanka. To see the Tschapka click Here.