Officer 1799

By the end of the 18th century the coat had developed into a tight-fitting tailed coatee with the front fastened with hooks and eyes and buff lapels without the silver lace edges. There is no silver lace on the hat rim either but the plume is white over red whereas a print by Dayes of 1790 shows the cocked hat with a silver edge and black plume. The single silver epaulette on the right shoulder indicates that the officer is below field rank. The gorget around his neck is gilt but the rectangular belt plate is silver. The design on the plate has the dragon in the middle with a scroll above and a crowned number 3 below. This does not agree with actual examples of beltplates which are oval in shape. His crimson sash is worn around the waist instead of over the right shoulder. This change took place in 1768 along with many other new regulations.

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