First Life Guards

1st Life Guards, 1845

This print by H. Daubrawa accurately shows the officer's full dress uniform. The helmet is nearly the same as the one worn by the Household Cavalry today but is more ornate (see Helmet 1842). He is wearing the tailed coatee that came into fashion c1819 and was replaced by the skirted tunic in 1855. Note the heavy epaulettes that disappeared with the introduction of the tunic. An officer in the background with his back to us gives us a view of the coat-tails and of the ornate pouch (see 1st Life Guards pouch 1817).

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