Officer's Belt, Full Dress

The first type of waist-belt clasp worn in full dress was the circular type where the central device of St Andrew slotted into an inscribed circle. This was stipulated in the 1883 and 1891 Dress Regulations. The rectangular type was first mentioned in the 1894 DR, however, the print produced by Simkin Piper, Private and Officer 1890 shows the officer wearing a belt with rectangular clasp, but not like this one. The clasp is a plain polished gilt plate with the Star of the Order of the Thistle in silver and gilt. It is here worn on the full dress gold lace belt, the lace being of thistle pattern. The clasp was also worn with the white leather undress waist-belt, and has been worn by officers of the regiment ever since.

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