Junior Officer c1822

The post-Waterloo period produced the most showy and expensive uniforms which achieved their most flamboyant and impractical form by 1828. The lapels were exposed all the way to the waist, being sewn back and fastened with hooks and eyes. There are no buttons visible except for the one on his gold epaulette. He has only one of these, on his right shoulder, showing that he is below the rank of major. The bullion fringe is now bulkier than on the 1812 jacket. The gold lace is wider and appears to cover the dark green facings more thoroughly. The collar is laced around the edge as well as having the button and lace loop. The white leather sword belt over his right shoulder has a gilt belt plate with a silver 55 and laurel wreath. The headgear at this stage was a tall black bell-topped shako. Blueish grey trousers were normally worn in a baggy cossack style with a stripe of gold lace. In levee dress white breeches were worn with hessian boots.

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