Officer, Grenadier Company, 19th Foot, 1819 (Green Howards)
The Green Howards (Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own Yorkshire Regiment) became part of the Yorkshire Regiment in 2006
The 19th Foot were raised in 1688. Although they were originally composed largely of Devonshire men they have had a close connection with Yorkshire. They have always had green facings and became known as the Green Howards early in their history, when their commanding officer was a Howard, to distinguish them from the 3rd Foot who, with their buff facings and another Howard in command, were known as the Buff Howards – then ‘The Buffs‘. Now part of the Yorkshire Regiment. This is the levee dress of an officer of the 19th Foot in 1819. The braided lapels have become a plastron front, although still buttoned back and can still be buttoned across. The officer belongs to the grenadier company, so wears wings on his shoulders, ornamented with a grenade. The device on his belt-plate incorporates a grenade in the regimental badge. His gorget, which should bear an engraving of the Royal Arms, shows an engraving of a device also incorporating a grenade. His sword belt ends in slings instead of a frog, and he has the scimitar-type sword commonly worn in grenadier and light companies. The black satin breeches are unusual. He is shown wearing a hat with a grenadier plume rather than a bearskin cap. The hat almost disappeared in 1811 but was commonly worn at levees as it could be carried flat under the arm.
Source: Complete uniform of Lt. Tayloe, 19th Foot, in the regimental museum.
|Dimensions||24.5 × 37.5 cm|