Grenadier officer 1796

Officers began their military career very early, some at the age of 15. This young ensign shows that grenadier officers dressed very much like their men, with the fur cap and crossed belts. Junior officers in the battalion companies had a gold epaulette on the right shoulder only but grenadier officers had two epaulettes. His coat is the pattern worn from c1792 with gold edged lapels that was joined at the top by hooks and eyes but remained open from mid-chest downwards. The blue collar is the stand-up type and has a gold laced edge. It is open at the front to show a black stock and shirt frill. He has a gilt gorget hung round his neck by a red ribbon. The fur cap seems shorter than it should be, perhaps the artist was trying to fit it into the portrait. The plate at the front of the cap was black metal with silvered coat of arms and scrolls. There are two gold tassles on the right side and a white plume with red tip on the left.

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