Sergeant, Battalion Company 1792

The sergeant's hat is plain black with stiffeners in the front and back. At this time line infantry regiments still had white lace round the edge of the hats but from 1790 the Guards had black silk edging. The plume is white with a black tip and a black silk cockade at the base. His hair is powdered, clubbed and tied with a black ribbon. His coat is finer quality than the privates and has gold lace edging and button loops. His shoulders have blue and gold epaulettes with a fringe on the right side only. All his buttons are brass, including waistcoat and breeches. His sword belt has a brass beltplate in the middle of his chest. The sash round his waist is of coarser material than the officer. He has buff leather gloves and holds a halberd which was the sergeant's staff of office until later that year when it was replaced by a 9 foot spontoon or pike. The artist, Edward Dayes has included the detail of his cane hung from a button on his coat.

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