Private, Crimea 1854

The bearskin was shorter than the previous decade and was worn in action at the Battle of the Alma. The coat has a blue collar with the regimental badge embroidered on in white with a pewter button in the middle. All the buttons are pewter for privates, corporals and lance-sergeants. The only brass items are the belt-plate and chin-chain. The white epaulettes were a feature of Guards uniform; line infantry still had tufted shoulder wings. He holds a Minie rifle which weighed 10 lb and had a 39 inch barrel. His ammunition pouch carried 60 rounds of conical bullets, but the rate of fire was only two rounds a minute.

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by Stephen Luscombe