In 1893 the 1891 Uniform Regulations (for officers) were published in an illustrated edition. The full text is reproduced here, illustrated with selected pictures from a digitized copy (from Google Books). In the original the pictures were at the end, but I have included them at the appropriate place in the text. The dyes have faded somewhat, so what appear to be brown uniforms should, of course, be navy blue.
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[Page 2]ADMIRALTY, 10th October 1891.
In issuing the Amended Regulations for Officers’ Uniform, I am commanded by my Lords-Commissioners of the Admiralty to direct that they be strictly observed by all Officers, and that no deviations are to be authorised without special Admiralty sanction being previously obtained.
2. All new Uniform must be of the approved pattern.
3. It is optional for Officers who are retired, or within five years of compulsory retirement to adopt the new full dress coat. Other Officers are to provide themselves with it within five years from 30th June 1891.
This order also applies to such alterations in the Uniform as involve new coats being provided. Where only slight variation in pattern is involved, e.g., cocked hat, sword knot, buttons, &c., the old articles may be retained until they are worn out.
4. The new Regulations are to be adopted as soon as convenient, and all Uniform (excepting as specified in paragraph 3) must be of the approved pattern by 30th June 1892.
5. Naval Instructors within five years of compulsory retirement are not required to provide themselves with Uniform.
Three years from 30th June 1891 are allowed in the case of other Naval Instructors at present in the Service, by which time they must appear in the Uniform of their rank. New entries will provide themselves with Uniform on leaving the Royal Naval College.
6. Flag Officers, Captains, and Officers of corresponding ranks, are at liberty to wear the undress tail coat instead of the jacket.
7. Illustrations and patterns will be ready shortly, but it is considered that it will be convenient to Officers to know as early as possible the nature of the changes‘whic'h have been approved.
I am, Sir,
Your obedient Servant,
To all Commanders-in-Chief,
Captains, Commanders, and Commanding Oficers of Her Majesty’s Ships and Vessels,
10th October 1891
In pursuance of Her Majesty’s pleasure, the following are the descriptions of the Uniform to be worn by the Officers of the Royal Navy.
By command of their Lordships,
|Extracts from the Queen’s Regulations and Admiralty Instructions||5|
|Officers’ uniform, description||8|
|Uniform of Officers, Royal Naval Reserve||20|
|Uniform of Officers, Royal Indian Marine||20|
|Dresses, and occasions on which they are to be worn||23|
|Coloured plates of uniforms||30|
FROM CHAP. II.——CEREMONIES AND DISTINCTIONS.
116. The officers, men, and boys of Her Majesty’s Fleet and the Royal Marines shall wear such uniform as the Admiralty shall, in pursuance of Her Majesty’s pleasure, from time to time direct.
2. The descriptions of the various articles of uniform are specified in the uniform regulations, and will be published from time to time in the Navy List.
The prescribed patterns are to be strictly adhered to.
117. Every officer, from the time of his joining the fleet, squadron, or ship to which he shall be appointed, to that of his being removed from it, shall wear the uniform established for his rank, except when he shall have leave from the Admiralty or the senior officer to be absent from his duty, or as hereinafter provided.
2. Permission may be given to the officers to wear plain clothes on ordinary leave ; but at reviews, public balls, or entertainments given by naval or military authorities, by civil functionaries, or by military messes at ports at which their ships may be lying, officers are to wear the uniform of their rank, as prescribed for the various occasions specified under “Dresses, and occasions on which they are to be worn,” and no deviations are to be authorised without special authority previously obtained from the Admiralty.
3. Subordinate officers when on ordinary leave are to wear the uniform of their ranks; but permission may be granted to them to wear plain clothes when going into the country, or to ride, shoot, play cricket, or for exercise.
4. In foreign ports great discretion should be exercised in allowing officers to appear out of uniform, as in such cases they can have no right to expect to be recognised as British officers.
5. Officers of the Royal Marines are to wear their full dress on the occasions when ball dress and frock coat with epaulettes dress are worn.
118. Officers on the retired and reserved lists, whose names appear on the list of the Navy, are permitted to wear the uniform of their respective ranks on state and other occasions of ceremony.
128. Her Majesty approves of the following regulations as to wearing decorations and medals :—
2. Officers who are Knights Grand Cross of orders may wear the broad ribbon of the order, or the broad ribbons of the orders to which they belong, with full dress and ball dress uniforms only, the ribbon or ribbons being worn over the waistcoat. Knights Commanders will wear the ribbon of the order, or the ribbons of the orders to which they belong, inside the collar of the coat, the badge being suspended two inches below the lower edge of the collar.
3. On similar occasions, officers who may be members and honorary associates of the order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in England, are to wear the badges of the order.
4. Stars of orders and ribbons of decorations and medals are to be worn with the frock coat with epaulettes dress ; ribbons of decorations and medals will be worn with frock coat dress and undress. These ribbons are to be sewn plain on to the cloth of the coat or jacket, without intervals, and must be the full size, and half an inch in length. They are not to be made to overlap, as in the case of medals, but when there is not sufficient room to wear the ribbons in one row, they are to be worn in two rows, clear of the lappel, the lower row being arranged directly under the upper. In such cases the ribbon of a Knight Grand Cross, or Knight Commander of any order, is not to be worn, the ribbon of the Companion of the order being substituted.
5. Stars of orders are never to be worn with the undress coat, or jacket.
6. An officer who is a Knight Grand Cross of an order may wear the star of the order with all uniforms except undress, mess dress, and mess undress.
7. An officer who is a Knight Commander of an order is to wear the star and badge of the order with all uniforms on which epaulettes are worn.
*8. Miniature decorations and medals are only to be worn on the undress tail coat and jacket ; they are not to be worn under the lappel, but, when their number requires it, the bar is to extend over the lappel.
9. Stars of orders, and miniature decorations and medals, are authorised to be worn in evening dress (plain clothes) in the presence of members of the Royal Family, or of Viceroys and Governors-General, and on public and official occasions.
10. Retired officers are authorised to wear stars of orders, and miniature decorations and medals, in evening dress on all public and official occasions.
11. In all cases the bar for the suspension of decorations and medals is to be provided at the expense of the wearer. It may be of any metal or material, and of any pattern consistent with the above instructions, provided the bar and the buckle are wholly concealed by the ribbons.
* The miniature decorations here referred to, only include those worn in a line with the medals, such as C.B. ; C.M.G. ; C.S.I. ; V.C. ; D.S.O. ; &c., &c.
|1. Rank and branch distinctions.||15. Sword belts.|
|2. Full dress coat.||16. Aiguillettes, and sash.|
|3. Collar of full dress coat.||17. Cocked hat.|
|4. Cuffs.||18. Cap and cover.|
|5. Undress tail coat.||19. Cap badges.|
|6. Frock coat.||20. Helmet and puggaree.|
|7. Undress coat.||21. Foul weather hat.|
|8. Jacket.||22. Neckties, and comforter.|
|9. Trousers.||23. Gloves.|
|10. Waistcoats.||24. Boots, and shoes.|
|11. Epaulettes.||25. Gaiters.|
|12. Shoulder straps.||26. Great coat.|
|13. Buttons.||27. Waterproof coat and cape.|
|14. Swords, scabbards, and sword knot.|
|28. Boat cloak.|
Dress of Chaplains (page 19)
(1.) All coats are the same for commissioned officers, except full dress coats of Chief Gunners, Chief Boatswains, and Chief Carpenters.
(2.) The principal indication of rank is the stripes on the sleeves, and, when not worn there, on the shoulder straps.
(3.) Branches are distinguished as follows :—
|Military||By the circle on the upper row of lace.|
|Medical||By scarlet cloth.||⎫|
|Accountant||By white cloth||⎬ In conjunction with the stripes.|
|Engineer||By purple cloth||⎪|
|Naval Instructor||By light blue cloth||⎭|
(4.) Nine sizes of gold lace are used, viz.:— (PLATE X.)
|Ranks||Size of Lace on|
|Cocked hat and
|Trousers.||Collar.||Flaps on the skirt.||Slash on sleeves.||Stripes on sleeves.|
|Flag Officers||2 inches.||1¾ inch||1½ inch|
|1¾ inch||1 inch||1¾ inch|
|Captains and Commanders||-||1½ inch||1¼ inch|
|1½ inch||¾ inch||½ inch|
|Lieutenants||-||1¼ inch||1 inch|
|1 inch||½ inch||½ inch|
|Warrant Officers, over 10 years’ seniority||-||-||-||-||-||¼ inch|
Unless otherwise specified, officers of the civil branch wear the same lace as the corresponding ranks of the military branch.
(5.) The uniform of Commodore, 1st Class, is the same as Rear-Admiral, except the epaulettes and devices on shoulder-straps.
(6.) The uniform of Commodore, 2nd Class, is the same as Captain, except the cocked hat, full dress sword belt and scabbard, cuffs, and shoulder straps.
(7.) Officers of the navigating branch will wear the same uniform as Captains, Commanders, and Lieutenants, according to rank. except as stated under epaulette devices.
For all Commissioned Officers. except Chief Gunners, Chief Boatswains, and Chief Carpenters. — Blue cloth, double breasted, eight buttons in each row, three inches apart across the breast, the skirt to begin at one-fifth the circumference from the front edge, and lined with white kerseymere ; one button at the bottom of each plait, and two in the waist seam behind. Pointed blue flaps on skirt and three buttons under them.
For Flag Officers, and Commodores, 1st Class. — Flaps on skirt laced all round with 1¾ inch lace. A row of 1 inch lace to encircle the hip buttons and form a point above them on the seam.
For Commodores, 2nd Class, and Captains. — Flaps on skirt laced all round with 1½ inch lace. A row of 1 inch lace to encircle the hip buttons and form a point above them on the seam.
For Commanders. — Flaps on skirt laced all round with 1½ inch lace.
For Lieutenants and Sub-Lieutenants. — Flaps on skirt laced all round with 1 inch lace.
For Chief Gunners, Chief Boatswains, and Chief Carpenters, and Warrant Officers. — Blue cloth, double-breasted, eight buttons in each row, to button the four lower buttons, fall-down collar, round cuffs, with three buttons and notched holes of blue twist thereon; pointed flaps with notched holes of blue twist and buttons under them to correspond ; three buttons in the fold of the plait of the skirt ; the skirt to begin at one-fifth the circumference from the front edge.
See Tailor Pattern of Full Dress Coat A, page 27.
For all Commissioned Officers, except Chief Gunners, Chief Boatswains, and Chief Carpenters. — White cloth, the front edges slightly sloped, and fitted with a black silk tongue to cover the space between them ; fastened at the bottom with one hook-and-eye.
To be trimmed with gold lace according to rank, namely :—
Flag Officers. — 1½ inch top and front edges, ⅝ inch lower edge.
Captains and Commanders. 1¼ inch top and front edges, ½ inch lower edge.
Lientenants and Sub-Lieutenants. — 1 inch top and front edges, ½ inch lower edge.
Not less than ⅛ inch of white to show between the upper and the lower lace. If necessary. the lower lace may be partly on the coat.
For all Commissioned Oficers, except Chief Gunners, Chief Boatswains, and Chief Carpenters. — Blue cuffs, with a white pointed slash with 3 buttons, and rows of distinction lace according to rank ; the dimensions of the slash are : 7 inches high at the points, 6½ inches at the seam, and 2⅜ inches wide at the centre. The outside edge of the slash bound with gold lace according to rank, namely :—
|Flag Officers and Commodore, 1st Class||1 inch wide|
|Commodore, 2nd Class, Captains and Commanders||¾ inch wide|
|Lieutenants and Sub-Lieutenants||½ inch wide|
Rows of distinction lace :—
For Flag Oficers, and Commodore, 1st Class — A band of 1¾ inch lace round the cuffs. with rows of ⅝ of an inch distinction lace round the sleeve above the cuff, according to rank, viz. :—
|Admiral of the Fleet||4 rows||⎫|
|Admiral||3 rows||⎬|| The upper row to form a circle 2 inches in diameter,|
in the centre of the upper sleeve.
and Commodore 1st Class
For Commodore, 2nd Class. — A band of 1¾ inch lace round the cuffs, and a circle 1¾ inch in diameter formed of half-inch distinction lace above it.
|Captains||4 rows of ½ inch lace|
|Commanders||3 rows of ½ inch lace|
|Lieutenants over 8 years’ seniority||2 rows of ½ inch lace with a row of ¼ inch lace between them|
|Lieutenants under 8 years’ seniority||2 rows of ½ inch lace|
|Sub-Lieutenant||1 row of ½ inch lace|
|Chief Gunners and Chief Boatswains||1 row of ½ inch lace|
|Gunners and Boatswains over 10 years||1 row of ¼ inch lace|
For Officers of the civil branch. — The cuffs will have the same number of rows as those of officers of the corresponding ranks in the military branch, but the upper row will be straight instead of being formed into a circle, and the space between the rows will be of coloured cloth according to branch.
|Assistant Paymasters of 6 years’ seniority||} 1 row of ¼ inch lace above 1 row of ½ inch lace.|
|Engineers under 6 years’ seniority|
The space between each row of distinction lace to be one-quarter-of-an-inch.
For all Commissioned Officers (except Chief Gunners, Chief Boatswains, and Chief Carpenters), Midshipmen over 18 years of age, and Clerks — Blue cloth, double-breasted, six button holes in each row, four in the turn and two below, padded tum-down collar ; pointed flaps with three notched holes of black twist, and buttons under ; one button at the bottom of each plait, and two in the waist seam behind. Round cuffs, the sleeves laced, as in full dress. omitting the slash. Shoulders fitted for epaulettes.
See Tailor Pattern of Undress Tail Coat B, page 27.
For Midshipmen. — The collar to have on each side a white turnback of 2 inches, with a notched hole of white twist, 1¾ inch long, and a corresponding button. Three buttons on each cuff, with corresponding notched holes of black twist.
For Clerks. — The cuffs the same as Midshipmen, but with one row of of an inch wide
For all Officers, except—
Blue cloth, double breasted, with padded turn-down collar ; cut for six buttons, but to have five buttons on each breast, to button four buttons ; the width of lappel to be 3 inches at fourth button, tapering to 2¼ inches at waist seam ; two buttons on the hips, with side edges in plait of skirt extending half way down the skirt, with a button at bottom of each side edge ; for Officers 5 feet 9 inches in height, length of coat 38 inches, with a proportionate variation for difference in height.* Lining, black silk. Hook for sword belt.
Round cuffs, sleeves laced as in full dress, omitting the slash.
Shoulders fitted for epaulettes ; the fittings covered With blue cloth.
* The proportionate variation in length of skirt, for each inch of difference in height, is ¼ of an inch.
See Tailor Pattern of Frock Coat C, page 27.
For all Officers. — Blue cloth, with padded turn-down collar ; the length to be sufficient to cover the hips ; double breasted, with 5 holes and buttons at equal distance on each side, to button four. Pockets, without flaps, at the sides, in a line with the lower button, and one outside left breast pocket. An opening 5 inches long at the bottom of each side seam.
Round cuffs, the sleeves laced as in full dress, omitting the slash.
Midshipmen will wear the same distinction marks on the collar as described in No. 5.
Naval Cadets will wear, on each side of the collar, a button hole of white twist, 1¾ inch long, with a corresponding button.
Clerks and Assistant Clerks will wear, round each cuff, one row of ¼ of an inch wide white cloth.
See Tailor Pattern of Undress Coat D, page 28.
White drill, single breasted, stand collar, with hook and eye at neck, five buttons up the front, and an opening at bottom of each side seam, five inches long. A patched pocket on each breast, without flaps. Shoulders fitted for shoulder-straps, if required.
Midshipmen and Naval Cadets are to have the same distinction marks on the collar of the white undress coat as on the blue, and there is to be an eyelet hole in the collar for the button.
Blue cloth, double breasted, six button holes in each row, four in the turn and two below, padded turn-down collar ; slightly roached over the hips, With a rounded peak behind ; two pockets, with welts, at the sides.
Round cuffs, the sleeves laced as in full dress, omitting the slash.
See Tailor Pattern of Jacket E, Page 28.
For Midshipmen and Naval Cadets. — Blue cloth, single breasted, with 7 buttons ; 3 notched holes of black twist on each cuff with buttons to correspond ; a stand-up collar with a hook and eye, and with the white turnback and button-hole, as described in No. 5 and No. 7. When worn it is always to be hooked at the top.
For Clerks and Assistant Clerks. — The same as for Midshipmen, but with a plain turn-down collar, 3 button holes in the turn and four below. One row of ¼ of an inch wide white cloth round each cuff.
For all Officers. — White linen, and of the same shape as the blue jacket for commissioned officers, but with a roll collar; to be worn. linked with two No. 2 size buttons connected by a ring.
Shoulders fitted for straps if required.
|1¾ inch broad for||Officers of Flag Rank.|
|1½ inch broad for||Captains and Commanders||} and officers of corresponding ranks.|
|1¼ inch broad for||Lieutenants|
For all Officers. — Blue cloth, single breasted, with 6 buttons,
Blue. — Blue cloth, single breasted, cut low, with 4 buttons ; a gold braid edging down the front, and along the bottom to the side seam, the pocket edged with a similar braid. The braid to be ⅛ inch wide.
For Warrant Officers. — The same, but without gold braid.
White. — White marcella, the same pattern as the blue waistcoat.
For convenience in describing the epaulette, reference is made to its several parts, :— the strap, the crescent, the bullion, and the devices.
For Admiral of the Fleet — Gold lace, embroidered with gold oak leaf and acorns, with pearl crescent and edging of gold.
For all other Commissioned Officers of the Military Branch — Plain gold lace, with pearl crescent and edging of gold.
For the Civil Branch — Gold lace, but the edging to be of silver, ¼ of an inch wide, continued round inside the crescent, and outside below it.
Officers of Flag Rank — A double row of loose dead and bright bullions, 3 inches deep; the outer row to have 20 bullions, 1⅜ inch in circumference ; the inner row to have 19 bullions. 27/48 inch in circumference.
Commodores, and Captains. — A double row of bright bullions, 3 inches deep; the outer row to have 22 bullions, 1¼ inch in circumference ; the inner row to have 21 bullions, 27/48 inch in circumference.
Commanders, and Lieutenants. — A double row of bright bullions, 22 inches deep; the outer row to have 20 bullions, 1⅛ inch in circumference; the inner row to have 19 bullions, 23/48 inch in circumference.
Sub-Lieutenants, and Officers of corresponding rank. Epaulette straps only — no bullions.
Officers of the Civil Branch, the same according to relative rank.
See Tailor Pattern F, Page 29.
The devices are:— Crowns ; crossed batons in a wreath of laurel ; crossed baton and sword ; stars of two sizes, large* and small, the former 2 inches, the latter 1¼ inch in diameter ; anchor and chain cable ; and crossed anchors. The devices for the Military ranch are in silver ; those for the Civil Branch, in gold, picked out with silver. To be placed on the strap according to pattern.
*For Rear-Admirals, and Inspectors-General of Hospitals and Fleets.
For Flag Officers, and Commodores, 1st Class. — Blue cloth; the top covered with 2-inch wide gold lace, showing a margin of ⅛ of an inch of cloth ; the same devices as on the epaulettes, but the large star to be 1¾ inch, and the small stars 1 inch in diameter.
For all other Commissioned Officers. — Blue cloth, with distinction lace, and coloured cloth, according to rank and branch, the same as worn on the sleeves of the frock coat.
For Warrant Officers. — Blue cloth, with distinction lace according to rank and branch for officers over 10 years seniority, and plain for others.
Shoulder straps to be 5¼ inches long, 2¼ inches wide, and to have a button at the top.
The method of attachment to coats to be in accordance with sealed patterns.
Buttons are of three sizes—
They are to be worn as follows :—Size No.1. On all Coats and Cocked Hats.
For all Officers other than as specified below. — Gilt mounted, the hilt solid half basket guard, with raised bars, and crown and anchor badge, lion head back-piece, white fish skin gripe, bound with three gilt wires ; outside length 5¾ inches, inside length 4½ inches. The blade slightly curved, 31¼ inches long, 1⅛ inch wide at the shoulder, with a flat back, and the blade ground hollow to within 11 inches of the end, with a double-edged spear point.
For Chief Gunners, Boatswains, and Carpenters, and Warrant Officers. — The same as above, except that the back piece of the handle is to be plain, with a flute round the top and down the back, with a black fish-skin gripe bound with three gold threads.
Assistant Clerks. — No sword or dirk.
For Flag Officers, and Commodores. — Black leather, the top and middle lockets to be 4 and 3½ inches long respectively ; to have loops and rings, and to be ornamented with embossed oak leaves in bas-relief ; the chape to be 7½ inches long, and to have oak leaves, as above, round the upper part, and a honeysuckle ornament at the end.
For all other Officers. — The chape to be only 6½ inches long ; both lockets and chape to be ornamented with fluted threads and scrolls, instead of oak leaves.
For all Officers. — Of blue and gold cord with barrel-shaped mould covered with blue and gold gimp, with blue bullion at end.
For Midshipmen and Naval Cadets. — Gilt mounted, with white fish skin grip; hilt. 5¼ inches long, the cross bar fitted with an oval medallion with crown and anchor badge surrounded by a wreath of laurel, and with spring to hold the blade to the scabbard ; blue and gold blade, embossed, 17¾ inches long ; length of dirk when in the scabbard, 23¼ inches.
Scabbard. — Black leather, 18 inches long, fitted with gilt locket at the top, with two rings to attach to slings of belt, and bottom a gilt pointed shoe.
Knot. — The same as for swords, but smaller.
Belt. — The same as Lieutenant’s undress belt, but with short slings.
For Flag Officers, and Commodores, — Black morocco leather, lined, girdle fully 1½ inch wide ; slings 1 inch wide, on D’s ; the whole embroidered in gold, with oak leaves and acorns down the middle, and margined with a straight gold line near each edge. Gilt mountings with circular clasp in front, laurel embossed edges, crown, anchor, and laurel in the centre ; embossed carriage buckles, plain side buckle, and a plain gilt hook, attached to the front D, to suspend the sword short. Swivels and buckles and billets to attach the Sword.
For Captains, and Commanders, — The same as for Flag Officers, except:— girdle and
slings to be embroidered with three straight gold lines. one down the middle and one at each
margin near the edge; the circular clasp to have embossed laurel edges. crown and anchor in
the centre ; plain carriage and side buckles.
For Lieutenants, Sub-Lieutenants. — The same, but two lines of gold embroidery instead of three.
For Officers of the Civil Branch. — The same as the above, according to relative rank.
For Chief Gunners, Boatswains, and Carpenters, and Warrant Officers. — The same as
Sub-Lieutenants in undress.
For all Officers. — The same as full dress, but no embroidery. Slings to be ¾ inch wide.
For Admiral of the Fleet. — Is of gold wire basket cord, ¼ of an inch thick, and consists of two single plaits of cord and two cord loops, starting from each end of plait ; at the termination of the plaits there are a few inches of plain cord ending in netted heads and gilt embossed metal tags. The plait and cord are joined together with blue cloth about 1½ inch wide, in which is a button-hole to allow of the aiguillette being fastened to the brass slide of the epaulette. The long cord is looped up on the top or front cord, the front cord and Short and long plaits are fastened together, and a small gold braid loop iS fixed thereon to attach to the top button on the right breastof coat. The aiguillette is worn on the right shoulder, the arm being passed through between front plait and cord, and the back or long plait and cord.
For Aides de Camp to the Queen. — Dress. — The same as for Admiral of the Fleet, except that gold gimp cord 13/40 of an inch in diameter is used, instead of wire basket cord ¼ an inch thick.
Undress. — As above, but of cord, 10/40 of an inch thick, and fitted with plaited Shoulder strap, it is fastened to the coat in a similar manner to the epaulette.
For Captain of the Fleet, Chief of Staff, Flag Captains, Flag Lieutenants, and Secretaries to Flag Officers and Commodores. — Is of similar pattern to that for Aide de Camp to the Queen, but is made of gold and blue cord 8/40 of an inch thick; and the gilt metal tags are of special design, mounted with Silver metal anchors. The aiguillette is attached to the coat by a blue cloth shoulder strap, and fastened to it in a similar manner to that of an epaulette.
NOTE.—The aiguillette to be fastened to the top button on the same side of the coat as that upon which it is worn. This applies to all coats.
For Honorary Physicians and Surgeons to the Queen. — Gold net sash, 3 inches wide, with two black stripes, ⅜ of an inch wide, gold netted slides and netted gimp heads, with gold fringe tassels.
For convenience, the hat and device are described separately. The hat is a black cocked hat with a left flap of 6 inches, right of 5½ inches, 4½ inches at each corner ; for Flag Officers and Commodores, bound all round with gold lace two inches wide, showing one inch on each side : and for all other officers (Subordinate officers excepted) bound with black silk of the oak-leaf and acorn pattern, 1¾ inches wide, showing 1 inch on the outer side. A black silk cockade, 5 inches wide, placed upright. A tassel at each end consisting of five gold bullions above five gold and five blue bullion-eyes.
For Flag Officers and Commodores, on the Cockade. — Three loops of dead and bright bullion, 1⅝ inch in circumference, the centre loop to be twisted, and looped round a button.
For Captains and Commanders. — Two loops of bright bullion. 1½ inch in circumference, the inner loop to be twisted, and looped round a button.
For Lieutenant, Sub-Lieutenant, Chief Gunner, and Chief Boatswain. — The same, but only one twisted loop.
For Warrant Officers. — No device.
|For Officers of the Civil Branch. — The same as for the Military Branch, except that the loops are of ½-inch gold lace instead of bullion, the centre loop not twisted.|
For all Officers. — Blue cloth, with three blue cloth welts, 3¼ inches total depth, diameter across the top 8¼ inches for a cap fitting 21¾ inches in circumference, the top to be ⅛ inch larger or smaller in diameter for every ¼ inch the cap may vary in size of head above or below the before-mentioned standard, i.e., a cap 22¼ inches in circumference, diameter across the top 8½ ; cap 21 inches in circumference, diameter 7⅞. The sides to be made in four pieces, and to be 1½ inch deep between the welts ; a black mohair braid band 1½ wide placed between the two lower welts, the join of the band to be in front so as to be covered by the badge, the upper edge of the mohair band to be left unsewn to admit of bottom edge of white cover being slipped under, when required.
The cap set up on a band of stiff leather, or other material, 1¾ inches deep.
Cover — The cap cover to be of white ribbed marcella.
For Captains and Commanders. — The same, but embroidered on the front edge only.
For Inspectors-General of Hospitals and Fleets. — The same as for Flag Officers, except that a band, ⅝ of an inch wide, embroidered in gold, is to be substituted for the oak leaf embroidery.
For Officers of the Civil Branch of corresponding ranks to Captain and Commander. — The same as for Captains, but a band, ¾ of an inch wide, embroidered in gold, substituted for the oak leaf embroidery.
For all other Officers — Patent leather, without embroidery.
The peak to droop at an angle of 45 degrees, and to be 2 inches deep in the middle when worn with embroidery, and 1¾ inch when plain.
Chin stay for all Officers — Black patent leather ⅜ inch wide, buttoned on to two japanned buttons placed immediately behind the corners of the peak.
Military Branch.— A wreath of gold laurel leaves surrounding a silver foul anchor, embroidered on a blue cloth ground, with a Crown above it embroidered in gold and silver.
For Commissioned and Warrant Officers. — The outside dimensions of the badge to be 2½ inches high by 3 inches broad ; for Subordinate Officers, 1¾ inches by 2¾ inches.
For the Civil Branch. — The same badge, but in gold only.
For all Officers — Made of cork, covered with white jean, and bound with thin buff leather, with ventilating button at top, the peak being sufficiently spread out to afford ample protection from the sun; between the interior head piece and the body of helmet is a space to allow of ventilation. A brown leather chin stay ⅜ of an inch wide, with a gilt slide. A white cotton puggaree, folded back and front, with dark blue silk about ¼ inch wide showing at top edge.
A black Sou’wester of the usual pattern.
With frock coats or undress—A plain black silk or satin tie, 1½ to 2 inches wide.
With ball dress, mess dress, and mess undress—A plain black silk or satin tie, 1 inch wide.
Comforter, to be white.
Plain, brown dogskin, or brown buckskin.
Black-grain hide, with four eyelet holes each side, and fastened with leather loops, strap
and buckle at the top, the strap to go completely round the gaiter. To be 10 inches high.
For all Officers. - To be worn over full dress and other uniform. Blue cloth. Length to come to 14 inches from the ground. Double breasted; Six buttons on each side, the bottom button not to come below the level of hips. A plait down the back, with an opening at the bottom 18 inches long with a fly and four small plain buttons. A cloth strap behind with a button-hole at each end 8 inches apart, and two. corresponding uniform buttons to confine the waist to required size. Stand and fall collar with hook and eye in collar seam. Edges of coat to be double stitched ; the shoulders fitted with straps (if required).
Sword, when worn with the great coat, is to be hooked up, the scabbard passing through a slit in the coat, and the hilt outside.
27. WATERPROOF COAT AND CAPE. (PLATE VII.)
To be of the shape and colour (dark blue) of the Admiralty pattern. Material optional.
28. BOAT CLOAK. (PLATE VII.)
The same shape as the waterproof. but without sleeves. Blue cloth, the cape lined with white, and the coat lined with black.
NOTE. — The use of the boat cloak is optional, if worn it is to be restricted solely to boat service, other than drills and exercises. and evening wear.
On board his ship, and on all occasions when the officers of the ship are ordered to appear in uniform, a Chaplain shall wear a clerical collar or stock or a collar and white tie, and shall be dressed in other respects in such a manner as shall clearly indicate his profession.
On all occasions when officers are required to appear in frock coats, the Chaplain’s dress shall be a black cloth frock coat and waistcoat, and trousers which are either black or of a dark mixture.
A Chaplain shall also wear on board his ship a black clerical felt hat or college cap ; and when attending on shore with officers in uniform, he shall wear either the former or a tall black silk hat.
A Chaplain’s ordinary mess dress shall be a clerical court coat, a waistcoat, and trousers, all of black cloth ; but, in the evening, _when off‘icers wear full dress, or ball dress, the waistcoat. shall be a black silk cassock one, and, instead of trousers, shall be worn black cloth knee breeches, with black silk stockings and patent leather shoes with silver or plated buckles.
When white dress is worn by officers, a Chaplain may (if he please) wear a plain white tunic and white trousers ; and in that case he shall wear either a service pattern white helmet with white puggaree, or a white or black and white straw hat with black ribbon.
When white jackets are worn at mess, he shall wear a white jacket.
(23.) Officers of the Royal Naval Reserve are to wear the same uniform as officers of corresponding rank in the Royal Navy, with the following exceptions, viz. :— Instead of each stripe of half-inch lace round the sleeves of the coat, there is to be a stripe formed of two waved lines of quarter-inch gold braid, intersecting each other, so as to form bands half an inch wide. the blue cloth to show between the curves.
(24.) The buttons to be of the Royal Navy pattern, with the letters “R.N.R.” in Old English character, across the anchor.
(25.) Instead of the anchor on the epaulettes and shoulder straps respectively, there is to be a badge consisting of a silver anchor in the centre, surrounded with the words “Royal Naval Reserve” embroidered in gold.
(26.) Instead of the bullion loop on the cocked hats, the loop to be formed of two gold braids, twisted the same as for coat sleeves.
(27.) Badge for the Cap — A silver anchor, with the letters “R.N.R.” above it in gold, on a medallion of black velvet, encircled by an edging of gold lace, surrounded by a laurel wreath of gold embroidery, except at the top, where a crown, embroidered in gold and silver with a crimson velvet centre, is to be placed over the medallion.
(28.) The plate for the sword-belt to be the same as for officers of the Royal Navy, with the letters “R.N.R.” across the anchor.
(29.) The Engineers’ department are to be distinguished by purple velvet stripes, quarter inch wide, between the gold braid waved lines round the sleeves of the coat.
(30.) The Paymasters’ department are to be distinguished by white velvet stripes, quarter inch wide, between the gold braid waved lines round the sleeves of the coat.
(31.) Assistant Paymasters are to wear immediately below the one waved line of gold braid round the sleeve of the coat a stripe of quarter inch white velvet.
(32.) Midshipmen are to wear a double-breasted jacket of blue cloth, with the R.N.R. buttons on the breast and cuffs, each row of buttons to consist of nine, placed in threes. Distinctive marks at each end of the collar to be a button-hole of blue twist with R.N.R. buttons. Trousers to be of blue cloth; waistcoat to be of white or blue cloth, or kerseymere, single breasted, with small R.N.R. buttons; cap, the ordinary uniform cap with the R.N.R. badge ; a sword is to be worn when appointed to a ship for a year’s training, but Midshipmen will not be required to wear a sword when appointed to H.M. ships for short periods or when on drill.
The uniform is to be the same as that authorised for the Royal Naval Reserve, except that the letters R.I.M. are to be substituted on epaulettes, shoulder straps, cap badges, buttons, &c.. for the words "Royal Naval Reserve," and the letters R.N.R., as the case may be, wherever they occur.
|Article of Uniform, &c.||Instructions.|
|* Aiguillettes, for Admirals of the Fleet, and Aides de Camp to the Queen.||To be worn on the right shoulder with full and other dresses (jacket excepted), when in attendance on the Sovereign or on the Royal Family; also on occasions of ceremony, although not in attendance.|
|* Aiguillette for Officers of Admiral’s, and Commodore’s, Staff.||To be worn on the left shoulder with all dresses by the Captain of the Fleet, Chief of Staff, Flag-Captain, Secretary, and Flag-Lieutenant. The aiguillette need not be worn at sea.|
|Boots and shoes||
Boots with plain fronts to be worn with—
Boots of either description, or lace-up shoes, on other occasions.
To be worn buttoned, viz. :—
Full dress, to button all buttons. Collar hooked.
Frock coat, to button 4 lower buttons.
Undress coat, to button 4 lower buttons.
White undress coat to button all buttons. Collar hooked.
Undress tail coat, when worn for full dress purposes by Midshipmen and Clerks, to button 4 lower buttons.
White gloves are to be worn with full, ball, and frock coat
with epaulettes, dresses.
If worn with other dresses, except undress, the gloves to be white.
If worn with blue or white undress, the gloves to be brown dogskin or brown buckskin, but in cold weather white knitted gloves may be worn.
If worn on occasions when the white undress is authorised in lieu of No. 3 or No. 4 dress, the gloves are to be white.
|Jewellery||Watch chains, and trinkets, are not to be worn outside coats ; nor pins, rings, or other ornaments, on neckties.|
|Material of blue uniform||
To be of smooth cloth, thickness to vary according to
climate. No silk facings. For cold weather pilot cloth
In hot climates, when white undress is worn, the material for night uniform (undress) may, at the option of the wearer, be fine blue serge or flannel, instead of cloth.
|Mourning||On all occasions of mourning, officers are to wear a piece of black crape, 2½ inches wide round the left arm above the elbow, and no other mark of mourning is ever to be worn unless specially ordered.|
* Not to be worn on the Great Coat.
|Article of Uniform, &c.||Instructions.|
|Neckties||For ball dress, mess dress, and mess undress, the bow tie ; on all other occasions, the sailor’s knot.|
|Shirts and collars||To be white|
|Sword belts||To be worn, over the full dress and frock coats, between the two lowest buttons; under the blue, and white, undress coats ; and under the waistcoat when worn with ball dress.|
|White cap covers|| To be worn with white trowsers.
Whenever he considers it desirable, the senior officer present is also to direct that white cap covers be worn with plain blue trowsers.
|White trowsers|| To be worn at home and abroad by direction of the senior
Officers and men are always to wear trowsers of the same colour ; this rule, however, does not apply when the men are in working dress.
|White uniform||The senior officer present is to direct that the following
articles of dress are to be worn in hot climates :—
|Subordinate Officers||Midshipmen, Naval Cadets, and Assistant Clerks,
are to wear the jacket on the occasions prescribed for full dress,
ball dress, and frock coat dresses.
Clerks, are to wear the undress tail coat for full dress purposes.
Midshipmen over 18 years of age, may, at their option, provide themselves with the undress tail coal, when it will be worn for full dress and ball dress purposes instead of the jacket.
|Foreign Officers||Foreign Officers, who are permitted to serve in the Royal Navy, are to be allowed to wear the uniform of the rank in which they may be serving.|
NOTE — The ◯ indicates that the sword is not to be worn.
Numbers are assigned to the several dresses for convenience when referring to them by signal.
Full dress coat |
Full dress belt.
Decorations and medals.
Undress tail coat|
Decorations, and ribbons of medals, or miniature decorations and medals.
|At official or public balls, dinners, and evening receptions.|
|No.3||“Frock coat, with epaulettes.”
Trowsers, plain blue or white
Ribbons of decorations and medals
Stars of orders.
NOTE — The ◯ indicates that the sword is not to be worn.
Trowsers, plain blue or white
Ribbons of decorations and medals.
Trowsers, plain blue or white
Ribbons of decorations and medals.
NOTE — The ◯ indicates that the sword is not to be worn.
Evening waistcoat (blue)
Miniature decorations and medals, or ribbons of decorations and medals.
Evening waistcoat (blue)
Plain blue trowsers
Ribbons of decorations and medals, or ribbons of miniature decorations and medals.
|IN HOT CLIMATES.|
||White undress coat|
Helmet or cap (white cover)
* When Officers of Flag rank, or Military Officers of corresponding rank (wearing uniform) are guests, mess dress is to be worn.
NOTE—Officers landing in the evening in uniform on ordinary leave are to wear their dinner dress (white jacket excepted).
† Unless, the occasion requiring it, No. 3 or No. 4 dress is ordered by the senior officer present.