Epaulettes first appeared on British uniforms in the second half of the 18th century. The epaulette was officially incorporated into Royal Navy uniform regulations in 1795, although some officers wore them before this date. Under this system Flag Officers wore silver stars on their epaulettes to distinguish their ranks. A Captain with at least three years seniority had two plain epaulettes, while a Junior Captain wore one on the right shoulder, and a Commander one of the left

Lieutenant's uniform, British, The smart uniform belonging to Lieutenant William Hicks, from around is an important find for military historians as it is believed no other lieutenant uniform of that era is left in existence.

A detail from the pattern plate of the 1841 US Navy uniform regulations showing the "cap for undress."

A detail from the pattern plate of the 1841 US Navy uniform regulations showing the "cap for undress.

” Five Sailors “  …… African-American sailors posing in their white uniforms [Circa 1940-50] …. The shield on the lower sleeves, indicates that these guys were Coast Guard sailors.

“ Five Sailors " …… African-American sailors posing in their white uniforms [Circa …. The shield on the lower sleeves, indicates that these guys were Coast Guard sailors.

US Navy Officer Dinner Dress Blue Uniform

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Necklace made for a friend in the navy.  Blend of several different blue shades of anodized Niobium.  Completely compliant with US Navy uniform regulations.

Necklace made for a friend in the navy. Blend of several different blue shades of anodized Niobium. Completely compliant with US Navy uniform regulations.

US NAVY VETERAN - National Defense Service Medal. Please, let us never forget the men and women who have sacrificed for the United States of America. Thank you and God Bless You

US NAVY VETERAN - National Defense Service Medal. Please, let us never forget the men and women who have sacrificed for the United States of America. Thank you and God Bless You

Full dress frock coat of a Captain. The frock is of blue wool with button back lapels faced with white and edged with gold lace. Although it...

Full dress frock coat of a Captain. The frock is of blue wool with button back lapels faced with white and edged with gold lace. Although it is possible to wear the coat with the lapels partially.

Between the 2 wars there's a certain lack of information,but this article from the 1941 US NAVY uniform regulations book ,tells a lot about the rules applied to denim work blues

Between the 2 wars there's a certain lack of information,but this article from…

1795 uniform of Admiral Sir William Cornwallis (1744-1819). 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.

This uniform, which belonged to Admiral Sir William Cornwallis illustrates the principal changes to uniform regulations for the year include the change in colour of the lapels and cuffs from white to blue and the inclusion of epaulettes.

This is an example of a commander's epaulette. The strap is of card covered on one side with wide gold lace in the vellum and check pattern. The reverse is covered with blue silk. The epaulette has two rows of hanging bullions - the outer row features 17 large bullions and the inner row features 17 small bullions. Royal Naval Uniform regulations 1795-1812

This is an example of a commander's epaulette. The strap is of card covered on one side with wide gold lace in the vellum and check pattern. The reverse is covered with blue silk. The epaulette has two rows of hanging bullions - the outer row features 17 large bullions and the inner row features 17 small bullions. Royal Naval Uniform regulations 1795-1812

Hat of a flag officer, belonging to Rear-Admiral John Spratt Rainier (circa 1778-1822). Hats are not mentioned in uniform regulations until 1795, but in terms of style they tended to follow the lead of fashionable dress. However, the width of the lace on the hat indicated rank. Made in 1821

Hat of a flag officer, belonging to Rear-Admiral John Spratt Rainier (circa 1778-1822). Hats are not mentioned in uniform regulations until 1795, but in terms of style they tended to follow the lead of fashionable dress. However, the width of the lace on the hat indicated rank. Made in 1821

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