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Old February 15th, 2017, 04:02 PM   #1
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Default PC Uniforms during 1888

As I continue to work on my first in a series of artworks on the JTR subject, I keep digging in order to keep things authentic.


I wonder which kind of uniforms the PC's wore during the autumn of terror. I can find two main sets of uniforms; One being with an added shoulder piece and with a longer coat. I guess this is what they wore during the winter months of the year?

At the moment I'm working on the Nichols' case. As this occured in late August, I presume they wore their 'shorter' versions? PC Neil in particular for this piece..

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Hi Johan,

I assume by longer coats you are referring to Great Coats. The short coat, again assuming, are tunics. Tunics were worn all the time. Great Coats over them.

Great Coats were ordered to be worn during the winter period of October to May. From May to September capes were ordered to be used and these split between the oilskin/vegetable skin shower capes, and the thicker warmer melton cloth capes. The use of which was discretionary unless on parade.

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Hi Johan,

I assume by longer coats you are referring to Great Coats. The short coat, again assuming, are tunics. Tunics were worn all the time. Great Coats over them.

Great Coats were ordered to be worn during the winter period of October to May. From May to September capes were ordered to be used and these split between the oilskin/vegetable skin shower capes, and the thicker warmer melton cloth capes. The use of which was discretionary unless on parade.

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Great! Thank you Monty!

Just to be clear: the capes were always worn on top of the tunics during the summer months? While on patrol, that is.
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Great! Thank you Monty!

Just to be clear: the capes were always worn on top of the tunics during the summer months? While on patrol, that is.
Not always. Depended on the weather. There was a device, which hung from the belt, called a cape carrier which would hold the cape when it wasn't being worn. However, Bobbies found these an inconvenience and would often leave them in the care of someone on their beat (commonly a nightwatchman). They did this with wet capes also, this to dry them out.

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Not always. Depended on the weather. There was a device, which hung from the belt, called a cape carrier which would hold the cape when it wasn't being worn. However, Bobbies found these an inconvenience and would often leave them in the care of someone on their beat (commonly a nightwatchman). They did this with wet capes also, this to dry them out.

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OK, great! What an ocean of knowledge there is to take in in this world!

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