Officers c1825

In the 1820s the uniforms became more showy with the result that there was an increase in the size of the feather bonnet and the red hackle. The two officers here are in full dress but the plaids are worn differently. The one facing us has his plaid attached to his left shoulder while the other officer has his wrapped around his body. They both have a copious amount of gold on their shoulders but the officer who faces us, although not easy to make it out, looks as if he has epaulettes on top of wings. This would show that he is a flank officer who has reached the rank of major or lieutenant-colonel. He also has a line of gold lace around the top of his collar, and we would expect the same around the top of his cuff. The other officer has shoulder wings only and no lace around the top of his collar. The blue facings do not extend all the way around the collar. He also does not have a crimson silk sash over his left shoulder. There is a small gorget at the neck of the senior officer, an item that was discontinued in 1830. The swords have brass hilts at this stage but this was changed to steel hilts in 1828. The back of the jacket shows the white turn-backs with gold lace loops on the diagonal false pockets. There is a green badge on the turn-back which could be a stringed bugle, telling us that the officer is in the light company.

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