FrankB wrote:WOW! Thank you very much for the information and pictures. That's what I have been looking for!
FROGSMILE wrote:The double breasted coats that you see are the officers' pattern and the single breasted in the pictures below are for the other ranks.
Until sometime in the 1890s the coats were in 2 parts with a cape that was fastened under the collar by 3 buttons, one at back centre and one on each shoulder but again under the collar and you can see this in your picture where a marine (?) is being helped to get dressed. In your picture of men on board ship you can see some with the cape fitted and a few of the officers have a removable hood instead of the men's capes.
From the 1890s (I am sorry I do not have the exact date), the coat and cape were issued as separate items, as and when required. I enclose the only photos of overcoats that I have and they will at least serve to show the appearance, as the later khaki coat was essentially the same but in the new shade of cloth as opposed to the previous grey.
Notice in particular the deep turn back cuffs. These were because the coat was designed to act as a sleeping bag together with a blanket and could thus be turned down at night over the wearers hands in order to improve insulation.
In the pattern issued before WW1 reinforcement patches were added to the shoulders and a small pocket inserted in the waist (for a field dressing I seem to recall). These were not present in the earlier pattern, as shown in the uppermost photo.
colsjt65 wrote:Here is an illustration of the Royal Engineers greatcoat of 1866, NCOs and Sappers (from Army Equipments - Part III - Section I Engineers, 1866).
The text refers to this as 'of the new pattern'.
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