7th Light Dragoons

Officer 1793

This style of uniform was worn by light dragoon regiments from 1784 to 1798. It was a radical departure from the ubiquitous red coat used by cavalry and infantry throughout the 18th century. The blue jacket set the light cavalry apart from the dragoons and dragoon guards. It is in fact two garments. The top part is a waistcoat-type of shell jacket with no sleeves worn over a slightly longer than waist length braided dolman. The red sash is worn over the dolman but under the shell jacket. All lace is silver and the facings are buff. The light dragoon head-dress is a hard leather peaked cap with a bearskin crest. The turban is red and the plume, white over red.

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