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Uniform Regulations. United States Navy, 1852

FULL DRESS. [SEA OFFICERS.]
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Coat.

 

Pantaloons.

    For all Officers--Shall be of Navy blue cloth, or white drill, made loose, to spread well over the foot, and to be worn over the boots or shoes. Blue pantaloons will have a stripe of Navy gold lace down the outer seam, one inch and a half wide for Captains; one inch and a quarter wide for Commanders; and one inch wide for Lieutenants; gold cord three-eighths of an inch in diameter, will be worn on the outer seam of blue pantaloons by Masters, and one-fourth of an inch in diameter by Passed Midshipmen.

    Within the tropics, white drill pantaloons will be worn at all seasons.

    North of the tropics, blue cloth pantaloons will be worn from the first of October to the fifteenth of May, and the white from the fifteenth of May to the first of October.

    South of the tropics, blue will be worn from the fifteenth of May to the first of October, and the white from the first of October to the fifteenth of May, unless otherwise directed by written order of the Commander-in-chief of a Squadron or of a vessel acting singly.

 

Vest.

   For all Officers--If worn, to be white, single breasted, standing collar, with nine small Navy buttons in front, and not to show below the coat.

 

Cocked Hat..

    Captains, Commanders, Lieutenants, Pursers, Surgeons, Passed Assistant and Assistant Surgeons, Masters, Passed Midshipmen, Midshipmen, Secretaries, Chief Engineers and First Assistant Engineers, when in full dress or in undress, will wear black cocked hats of the following description, viz: Not more than eight nor less than six inches and a half high on the back (or fan,) nor more than eight nor less than five inches in front (or cock,) and not more than nineteen nor less than seventeen inches long, from point to point, the curve to be one inch and one-tenth at the back; the hat to be bound with black silk lace, to show one inch and a quarter on each side; in the fold at each end of the hat a tassel, formed of five gold and five blue bullions, and on the cock, a black silk cockade five inches wide. Captains and Commanders to wear over the cockade, a loop of six gold bullions half an inch in diameter, the two inner bullions to be twisted together, with a small Navy button in the lower end of the loop.

    All other Officers entitled to wear cocked hats, will wear over the cockade a loop formed of four gold bullions three-eighths of an inch in diameter, not twisted, with a small button in the lower end of the loop.

 

Epaulettes

    Captains, Commanders, Lieutenants, Pursers, Surgeons, Passed Assistant and Assistant Surgeons, Masters in the line of promotion and Chief Engineers, will wear two gold epaulettes of the dimensions, bullion and finish shown in the patterns, and with the following devices in silver, on the frog, viz: for:

 

Sword and Scabbard.

    For all Officers--shall be cut and thrust blade, not less than twenty-six nor more than twenty-nine inches long, half basket hilt, grip white: Scabbards of black leather. Mountings of gilt; and all as per pattern.

 

Sword Belt.

    For all Officers--shall be of plain black glazed leather, not less than one inch and a half, nor more than two inches wide, with slings of the same not less than one-half nor more than three- quarters of an inch wide, and a hook in the forward ring to suspend the sword. Belt-plate of yellow gilt in front, two inches in diameter, as per pattern.

 

Sword Knot.

    For a Captain and Commander--shall be blue and gold cord, 24 inches long, including the tassel; gold and blue slide; tassel of twelve gold bullions one inch and three-quarters long, enclosing five blue bullions, with basket-worked head.

    For all other Commissioned Officers strap of gold lace, half an inch wide, and eighteen inches long, including the tassel; gold slide; tassel of twelve gold bullions, one inch and three- quarters long, with basket-worked headall as per pattern.

 

Cravat and Stock.

    For all Officers--shall be of black silk, without any tie in front: a white shirt collar to show above it.

 

 

UNDRESS. [SEA OFFICERS.]

Coat.

 

Shoulder Straps.

     Every officer entitled to epaulettes, shall wear above the shoulder seam of the undress-coat, shoulder straps, made according to pattern, as follows:

     Shoulder straps to be always worn as distinctive marks, when the epaulettes are not worn.