Second Life Guards

Officer's Coatee, 1817 - 1855

This elegant garment was worn with heavy gold epaulettes, with and without the cuirass. It was the same for both Life Guard regiments except for the buttons. It was very tight fitting and impractical for battle, but never had to be used in action as the Life Guards remained on home service for nearly 70 years after Waterloo. The collar and cuffs are blue velvet (see Detail of Officer's Coatee) and embroidered in the pattern that stayed practically unchanged for 38 years until the coatee was replaced by the more practical tunic in 1855.

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