Officer, Battalion Company, Coldstream Guards, 1821
The Coldstream Guards, part of the Guards Division
Here is an officer in the full-dress coat of the Coldstream Guards. Among a long and illustrious history, the Coldstream Regiment saw extensive service in the wars against the French Revolution and in the Napoleonic Wars. Under the command of Sir Ralph Abercrombie, it defeated French troops in Egypt. In 1807, it took part in the investment of Copenhagen. In January 1809, it sailed to Portugal to join the forces under Sir Arthur Wellesley. In 1814, it took part in the Battle of Bayonne, in France, where a cemetery keeps their memory. The 2nd Battalion joined the Walcheren Expedition. Later, it served as part of the 2nd Guards Brigade in the chateau of Rougemont on the outskirts of the Battle of Waterloo. This defence is considered one of the greatest achievements of the regiment, and an annual ceremony of “Hanging the Brick” is performed each year. As a Coldstreamer he has his laced button-holes grouped in pairs. Like the sergeant in Plate IX he still wears the antiquated white spatterdashes which had long since vanished from the rest of the army, and the garter star is now displayed on his hat as the regimental badge. With this order of dress it will be seen that no black stock or white cravat was worn, only a starched white collar under the coat-collar. Source: water colour drawing by D. Dighton.
|Dimensions||24.5 × 37.5 cm|