Private's Tunic c1870

The tunic is very similar to that worn by Guardsmen today. The grenade badge on the collar was fuller in design. The flames of the grenade are well splayed out and interspersed with thin lines. By the 1880s the design had simplified. The epaulettes have a grenade badge as well and this badge remained until after the First World War when it was changed to the badge worn today, the crown and garter with reverse cypher. The cuff flaps have four buttons placed on dummy loops that are shaped to fit the flap. The skirt of the tunic is shorter than that worn a decade earlier.

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