Product images of Royal Naval uniform: pattern 1748-1767
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Royal Naval uniform: pattern 1748-1767
This long-sleeved dress waistcoat of a captain, over three years seniority, is an example of the first uniforms that were produced in 1748. The rank of the wearer is indicated by the double row of gold lace along the front and skirt, and by the elaborate arrangement of gold lace around both of the pockets. The three-pointed pocket flaps follow the fashions of the day with the decorative split on the centre point. This waistcoat was altered at a much later date, possibly for fancy or theatrical dress. The slope of the shoulders has been changed and the back and side seams have been opened. The Royal Naval uniform regulations of 1748-67 stipulated that flag officers, captains, commanders and lieutenants were to have a 'Dress Sute' and a 'Frock' for undress. Midshipman were given only a frock.
- Image reference: F2203-3
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London