24th Regiment of Foot

Officer 1755

The knowledge we have of officers' uniforms of the early and mid 18th century relies on portraits like this. The green lapels and cuffs, described as willow green, are edged with silver lace of vellum pattern. The collar is red and the slash on the cuff, also. The painting gives us a good view of the unusual style of the slash cuff with its plain silver buttons. On his shoulder is a silver cord aiguillette that hangs down loosely. His pale buff waistcoat has silver lace edging and buttons, and there is one of the first medals to appear on military uniform, attached to the buttons. His black tricorn hat is edged with silver lace and has the usual black silk cockade. Officers of grenadier companies wore a mitre cap like the men but of better quality and with silver and gold wire embroidery. When on regimental duty the officers would have a silver gorget and a crimson silk sash over his right shoulder.

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