Sergeant, Battalion Company 1821

This man is one of eight figures in a group painting of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards by Denis Dighton. Two other sergeants are featured in the painting but they are from the two flank companies and wear wings on their shoulders. The battalion Company sergeant, here, has shoulder scales. The coat is laced in gold and he has chevrons, in gold lace, on the right arm only. The cuffs have a red flap with 4 gold lace button loops. This style was introduced around 1818 and is still a feature of guardsmen's uniform today. The high blue collar is also gold-laced and is open at the front to reveal a black stock. The shako is black all over with a tooled leather black cockade at the top, from which a brass plume holder sticks up, holding a white over red plume. The chin-scales loop over the cockade and a brass garter star is in the middle of the cap.

The white leather sword belt has a brass belt-plate decorated with a garter star. The sword hangs behind him and is the straight type. He has no ammunition pouch since he carries a spontoon instead of a musket. The black gaiters were worn in drill order and marching order.

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