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Officer, Coldstream Guards 1680 by P H Smitherman


Officer, Coldstream Guards 1680 by P H Smitherman

The dress shown here is an undress uniform, similar in use, perhaps, to the blue frock coat commonly worn by officers before 1914 and still worn by officers of the Brigade of Guards. The details are taken from a picture showing a guard mounted by the regiment in the Horse Guards, Whitehall, in which the officers are shown, rather to ones surprise, in this order of dress rather than in ceremonial full dress. the brown coat, in fact, is very little different from the simple brown coats - shown in the same picture - being worn by King Charles II and the members of his court.. Indeed the whole picture is one of delightful informality, with the King and his friends walking along a path, the guard turned out in his honour, cows grazing peacefully on the grass, and the country people going about their business within a few yards of the Monarch. In a setting of this sort a brown undress coat was probably more appropriate than the full dress coat worn today. The crimson sash, which has been worn by the British infantry officer on duty from about this time, is here shown almost in the form in which it is worn today.. The main weapon carried by the officers, only part of which is shown, is the sixteen foot pike, the same as that carried by the pikemen of the regiment. It was more usual for officers to carry the half pike, or spontoon, but evidently, for guard duties, the full pike was ordered. The regiment was raised by Cromwell during the Commonwealth, and their first colonel was Monck, who led them from Coldstream, where they were stationed at the time, to join King Charles II at his Restoration. They acquired the name Coldstream Guards then, and have retained it ever since. They were thus the first infantry regiment to join the establishment of the regular army, although they were made junior in precedence to the First guards, who had been with Charles in exile as Wentworths Regiment.
Item Code : PHS0004Officer, Coldstream Guards 1680 by P H Smitherman - This Edition
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