Officer's Shako c1822

It is not clear when and why the shako was worn by the Grenadier Guards. Before Waterloo only the officers and men of the Grenadier Company were privileged to wear the bearskin, but after the Prince Regent conferred the status of Grenadier on the whole regiment, they were all entitled to wear it. The shako was worn by all the Guards regiments, only the badge was different. But also the Grenadier Guards had a gilt grenade as a plume holder instead of a black cockade. The plume itself was 12 inches high according to the 1822 Dress Regulations, all white for the whole regiment, being the colour of grenadier's plumes.

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