Drum-Major 1815

This copy of a contemporary caricature shows a portly drum-major of the Coldstream Guards appearing to slow-march. He has a Waterloo shako which differs from those worn by the rest of the regiment in that it has a gold edge to the false front and a special badge made up of a trophy of arms around a garter star. Some sources show the edging decorated with gilt vandykes. There is gold lace round the top and base, and gold cord festoons and tassels. On the left side is a black cockade with a red plume.

The red coat has gold lace button loops across the chest and chevrons down the sleeve. The blue drum-major's sash is fairly plain but has drum sticks held in gold loops. His special pattern sword is straight and quite long. He carries an unusual staff which is brown with gilt chains and a flat top.

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