Officer, Light Company, Royal Fusiliers, 1790


The Royal Fusiliers were merged into The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in 1968 (scroll down for a more detailed Description)

Published 1966 by © Hugh Evelyn Limited; drawn by Colonel Philip Henry Smitherman (1910-1982), Royal Corps of Signals
Size: c. 24.5 x 37.5 cm [9 ½ ″ x 14 ½ ″] (may vary slightly from printers’ cut 50 years ago)
Printed on on medium cardstock weighing 144 g/smfaced in light greyish blue (RGB c. d4e1e8)
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The Royal Fusiliers were raised in 1685 to protect the trains of artillery on active service and adopted a dress like that of the grenadier companies of other regiments. The Regiment was amalgamated in 1968 with the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers, the Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers and the Lancashire Fusiliers – to form a new large regiment, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. When light companies were added to other regiments the Royal Fusiliers received one too, dressed as shown in the plate. Light companies devised a wide variety of head-dresses to show their individuality, and the one shown here is different from most. It consists of a leather peaked helmet with a transverse crest of black fur, surmounted by a white feather. The coat has an epaulette on each shoulder in place of the wings more commonly worn in light companies, and the tails of the coat are longer than the shortened ones usual in these companies. The chevrons and single bars of lace on the cuffs are also unusual and resemble the type of cuff generally introduced nearly a hundred years later. The laced red waistcoat was an almost universal distinction for light companies, instead of the white or buff waistcoats worn by battalion companies. The regiment then, as now, took a pride in the appearance of those who wore its uniform.  Source:  A series of coloured pictures in the possession of the regiment.

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Weight 0.0131 kg
Dimensions 24.5 × 37.5 cm