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Royal Naval uniform: pattern 1795-1812


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Collection Textiles, Uniforms
ExhibitionsNelson, Navy, Nation
User collections Collectables (All) by blueheatwave
Collectables (UK) by blueheatwave
Gallery locationNelson, Navy, Nation Gallery (Floor plans)
PeopleLender: Wykeham-Martin, Julia
Provenance: Cornwallis, William
VesselsRoyal Naval uniform regulations 1795-1812: Flag Officers (full dress)

Object details:

Object ID UNI0027
Description This uniform, which belonged to Admiral Sir William Cornwallis (1744-1819) illustrates the principal changes to uniform regulations for the year 1795. These include the change in colour of the lapels and cuffs from white to blue and the inclusion of epaulettes. Epaulettes were a military fashion that came from France, and although they were not mentioned in uniform regulations until 1795, some officers wore them anyway. In terms of contemporary fashion, this uniform reflects popular styles with its narrow sleeves, cuffs and lapels, and illustrates the leaner silhouette that was popular in male dress towards the end of the 18th century.
Date made 18th-19th century

Artist/Maker Firmin & Sons Limited
Place made England
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. On loan from Miss Julia Wykeham-Martin
Materials brass; gold alloy; linen; silk; wool
Measurements Overall: 1210 x 550 mm
  • Royal Naval uniform: pattern 1795-1812 (UNI0027)
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