Colour Sergeant, 1845

A Colour Seligeant wearing full dress, summer. The scarlet coatee has dark blue collar and cuffs, is laced with gold and has gold epaulettes. The stripes or chevrons on the upper arms are gold with a crimson flag, crown and crossed swords all worked in gold, silver and coloured silk thread. The sash is crimson with blue stripe, and the belts are pipe-dayed leather with a brass plate. A brass-hilted sword in a black leather scabbard is worn on the left hip. The musket is far shorter than the standard Brown Bess issued to other ranks.

The white trousers were worn in summer only and, being continuously washed and not always dried before use, were finally considered unhealthy and were abolished.

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