State Dress 1829


Charles II originated state dress for drummers and musicians in 1672. The black velvet cap dates back to William III. The state dress of the Household Division today is very similar to the original dress but there was period, shown here, when the prevailing fashion interfered with tradition. The coatee style did not last long because the full skirted coats returned to favour a few years later. We can see the cypher of George IV on the chest of the coat. The sleeves have a zig-zag pattern on the upper arm and chevrons and buttons on the lower arm. The bandsmans swords are suspended from a hidden waistbelt. The black time-beater rests in the background wearing dark winter trousers. See Time-beater 1829


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by Stephen Luscombe