Private, 1812

The uniform worn by the dragoon guards changed radically in 1812 when the Prince Regent pushed through his designs based on continental styles. The helmet was more practical than the bicorn hat. It had a black painted steel skull with brass fittings, including a crest on top with a horsehair tail and brush. The face had some protection with the brass scaled chin strap. The jacket was without buttons down the front, fastening with hooks and eyes. The yellow and black lace extended from the waist to the top of the black collar. The only buttons were on the shoulder straps. The cuffs were gauntlet style for dragoon guards, and pointed for dragoons. In full dress the white leather breeches and jackboots were worn, but for campaign they had grey overalls with ankle boots.

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