Officer, Crimea

Brevet-Major George Calvert Clarke was photographed in the Crimea wearing stable dress and a sheepskin coat. He became CO of the Greys in 1866. The open coat gives us a glimpse of his stable jacket which conforms to the 1846 Dress Regulations: 'Stable-Jacket - scarlet round jacket, single breasted, with small studs quite close down the front, fastening with hooks and eyes; collar two inches and three quarters deep, rounded off in a slope in front, laced round the outer edge, and edged with gold gimp chain along the collar seam; pointed cuffs, five inches deep at point, laced round the top; the collar, cuffs and edging at the bottom of jacket, of the regimental facing; the whole of the lace three quarters of an inch wide, and the same for officers of all ranks. Shoulder cords of twisted gold gimp chain (same as on the collar), with small regimental buttons.' The 1855 DR describes a much plainer jacket with no gold lace, and fastened down the front with ten small regimental buttons.

The cap is dark blue with a gold cap-band and vertical peak with gold embroidered edge. The top had gold Russia braid figuring. The gold cap-band is not shaped in a zig-zag like the white band worn on the other ranks' caps.His trousers are leathered and have a gold stripe down the side. His sword is clearly seen here, and has a plain leather sword knot.

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