Other Ranks Coat 1853

The impractical coat worn in the Crimea was tight-fitting and offered no protection below the waist at the front. The double row of pewter buttons are parallel and have a seam down the middle. There is a small pocket for percussion caps for the Minie or Enfield rifle. There are no epaulettes here but we can see how they were attached, under a white loop and buttoned near the neck. The collar is 3 inches high with a white grenade badge either side. The detail of the cuffs is very clear here.

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