Drum-Major in State Dress 1869

This is the final form of the State coat that is worn today. As far back as 1665, a Royal Warrant established special clothing for musicians but the coat was leather. It was in 1672 that a crimson velvet coat was introduced but trimmed with silk and silver. James II insisted on gold lace as well so for a time the coat was gold and silver. The sovereigns cypher was placed on the front and back of the coat and here it is VR. The silk scarf around the waist dates back to 1665. The velvet cap has a turned up peak and dates back to William III who provided two hats, a Cordebec hat laced with gold and silver, and a black velvet cap (today it is blue). The sash, cane and sword appear to be the same as in the 1857 photo. See Drum-Major 1857.

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