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Royal Naval uniform: pattern 1748-67


Object connections:

Collection Textiles, Uniforms
ExhibitionsNelson, Navy, Nation
Gallery locationNelson, Navy, Nation Gallery (Floor plans)
PeopleProvenance: United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO)
Provenance: Royal United Service Institution
VesselsRoyal Naval uniform regulations 1748-67 (full dress)
Publication(s)The National Maritime Museum - The Collections
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Treasures of the National Maritime Museum
Gloria Clifton and Nigel Rigby
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Object details:

Object ID UNI0003
Description This dress coat of a lieutenant has much in common with the formal suits of the mid-18th century. It is full skirted with no collar and very deep boot cuffs. However, instead of the silks, velvets or extremely fine wools that were used for formal clothing, this coat is of an extremely hard-wearing wool. The dress uniform of the Royal Navy was really a hybrid between fashionable and occupational dress. This garment is an example of the first patterns of naval uniform.
Date made 1748

Artist/Maker Unknown
Place made England
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Royal United Service Institution Collection
Materials brass; linen/wool blend; wood; wool
Measurements Overall: 1080 x 410 x 280 mm
  • Royal Naval uniform: pattern 1748-67 (UNI0003)
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