Officer in Frockcoat 1880

The frockcoat for the heavy dragoon regiments changed in the early 1860s from the black cord type to flat braid seen here. The coat itself is dark blue and the flat braid is of black silk or mohair. The braid was one inch wide and laid double across the chest in six rows decreasing in length from top to bottom, and the loose ends left hanging. There were four vertical rows of olivet buttons which were purely decorative as the coat was fastened with hooks and eyes. The collar, and especially the cuffs, were richly decorated with thin black braid as can be seen in this photo of Lieutenant Onslow Dogharty. There were no rank badges for Troop officers but field officers had a star or crown on the collar. After 1881 shoulder straps were added and the ranks of major and lieutenant-colonel were shown on them.

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