Captain, Full Dress, 1795-1812
Captain, FULL DRESS, 1795-1812: drawn from a drawing of Sir Thomas Foley by Henry Edridge (1807), a coat at the Royal Museums, Greenwich and the pattern books of naval tailors, Welch and Stalker
The alteration to senior officer’s uniforms in 1795 led to abolition of the white lapels and cuffs which had been a feature of a captain’s uniform since 1748. His head was also beginning to take on a new appearance. Hair was being worn shorter at the back and over the ears, and powder and queues were on the way out. In the army, officers were wearing false whalebone queues, which tied round the neck under the coat collar, so that they could turn their heads independently of their pigtails, much to the astonishment of the beholder. Because of contact with the French Revolutionary armies the Army started wearing their cocked hats fore and aft’, and the Navy soon followed suit. By 1805 it seems to have been common practice in both services for all but the most senior officers.
|Dimensions||17.5 × 25.5 cm|
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