Types 1845

This detail from the same Martens print as the Mounted Officer in Review Order shows officers in the foreground in different forms of undress. The left-hand figure has the peaked forage cap with a frockcoat worn over his stable jacket. This coat is similar to that worn by Lt-Col Havelock but not as described in the Dress Regulations which calls for a stand-up collar. The other two officers wear the stable jacket which is described in the 1845 Dress Regulations as a:

'blue round jacket, single-breasted, with small studs quite close down the front; fastened with hooks and eyes; Prussian collar three inches deep, laced round outward edge; pointed cuffs four inches deep at point, laced around the top; collar, cuffs and edging round the bottom of the jacket, of the regimental facing; the jacket trimmed all round with gold lace. Field Officers to wear lace one inch and a half wide; other Officers, lace one inch wide. Shoulder straps - gold cord and button. Forage cap - blue cloth, with welts and plaits; gold oak-leaf band one inch and three quarters wide; gold basket button at top; black patent leather peak embroidered, chin-strap, and oil-skin cover.'

The edging around the bottom of the jacket is not red in this print. Also the gold olivets at the back of the waist are not mentioned in the regulations.The non-regulation pouchbelt worn by these officers is the undress black leather type, with plain black leather pouch and gilt fittings. It is more likely that the chains and pickers were silver with a gilt Royal Crest badge. The sword is slung from a black leather waist-belt that also supports the plain black undress sabretache.

In the background is a mounted Troop Sergeant who points to the mounted privates paraded before him. His coatee has white turn-backs, although red is more likely. He has a white leather pouch-belt with spring clip for a carbine. His shako has cap-lines wound round, crossing over at the back before falling behind in the same manner as the officer's. The men have cap-lines that come from the right shoulder over to the left so that the olive ends hang on that side.

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