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Full dress tunic, other ranks, 50th (Queen's Own) Regiment of Foot, sealed pattern, 1856-1866

Buttons manufactured by Firmin and Sons, London, 1856.

A 'sealed pattern' is a prototype of any item that the British Army issued to soldiers. It provided clothing or equipment suppliers with an example to copy.

The tunic was introduced in 1855 as a replacement for the coatee. As this change fell during the Crimean War (1854-1856) there was a wearing out period for the coatee and the more practical tunics were not immediately adopted by all.

By the turn of the century the British infantryman had a more or less standard uniform, which consisted of a red tunic with coloured cuffs, cloth epaulettes, dark blue trousers, boots and white webbing straps.

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NAM. 1998-06-1-1


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National Army Museum, Study Collection

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