24th Regiment of Foot

Major 1801

From the end of the 18th century the coats were worn buttoned over to show two rows of silver buttons which were placed in pairs. This officer has a silver epaulette on each shoulder telling us that he is of field rank. His coat appears to be an undress version of the parade coat because the loops and buttons on his collar are not silver as in other portraits of the period, the buttons being cloth-covered. The silver buttons on his coat are inscribed 24 and the belt-plate is a star design but appears to have four points instead of the expected eight. His collar is not attached to the top of the lapel. It was the custom at the time to fold back the lapels at the top to expose the green facings and it may be that the unattached collar made this easier.

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