Officers in Undress 1895

This photo of officers of the 1st Battalion with Lieut-Col Rodon in the centre is interesting in that it shows the undress frock doublet. It is red cloth with a blue collar. The gauntlet cuff is red with white piping and three button loops. The collar, front and skirts are piped in white. The embroidered collar badge is the same as in full dress. The crimson sash on the left shoulder is mostly the older pattern favoured by highland regiments, being 15 inches wide in the middle, but bunched up to fit under the shoulder strap.

The three seated officers wearing knee boots and tartan breeches have different pattern sword than the others. They have the usual infantry pattern hilts but the other officers carry a claymore with the basket hilt exchanged for a cross-bar hilt. The tartan trews are of government tartan. This tartan changed in 1903 to the Hunting Stewart sett. All the officers have a white leather waist-belt with the rectangular clasp, except the medical officer on the right who has black leather belts. The forage cap can be seen at Officer's Forage Cap 1881-1900.

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