Lieutenant in Levee Dress, 1883

The full dress tunic has shoulder cords that were introduced in 1880. Before that, badges of rank were placed on the collar. The plaiting that is looped from neck to shoulder is the end of his caplines. The caplines normally hang down the back and loop up to attach to the busby. He is holding the busby on his knee so that we can clearly see the braiding on the crimson bag. His crimson levee breeches are very tight-fitting and not worn for mounted duties, only evening gala wear. At this stage, the stripe down the side is three quarter inch wide gold lace with russia braiding on each side. The patent leather hessian boots are for levee wear only.

Regimental Details | Uniforms


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