Captain, Undress c1890


For everyday wear around the barracks, officers wore this patrol jacket which was dark blue with black mohair braiding across the chest, and flat smooth lace around the collar and following the edges of the jacket. The sleeves are decorated with an Austrian knot and the back seams are decorated to match in a similar manor to cavalry dress tunics. Rank was denoted by gilt metal stars or crowns on the shoulder straps which are buttoned with a small netted black button. This captain has two stars, lieutenants had one star and ensigns had no badge of rank. The jacket is fastened down the front with hooks and eyes but the braiding also had netted olivet decorative buttons. This garment was worn with blue trousers that had a quarter inch wide scarlet welt down the outer seam.

His forage cap is of blue cloth, 3 inches high and having a black patent leather drooping peak edged with gold embroidery. The cap-band, one and three quarter inches wide, is of black silk lace embroidered with the oak-leaf design. The silver and gilt cap badge can be seen at Officer's Cap Badge 1881-94 The top of the cap had a netted black button in the middle surrounded by black coiled lace. A sword would be worn in this order of dress, slung from a webbing belt worn under the jacket. White gloves would be worn or carried.


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by Stephen Luscombe