About: Catalog

The purposes of this online catalog are both for display of the Coldstream House Collection, and for research, whether for other collections, costuming for theatrical or film production, literature, etc. the types of items are classified by variables (which are used in creating the catalog numbers, as shown below) that reflect the structure and ranking of the British Army, the orders of dress of each uniform and the time period whence they originate.

Ultimately the collection will be organized into a searchable, sortable database.

The catalog numbers are deliberate and can be broken down into a minimum of 9 variables (more, if there are duplicate pieces, represented by lower case letters) grouped into 5 sections. Each section represents important information about the item, including the nation or colony of origin, its general category, regiment, level of formality of dress, and the era of the original owner.

Let us use the example of catalog item # BU.141-2CG.1.3:

1st section: ("BU" in our example) Establishes country of origin and type of item.

2nd section: ("141" in our example) Specifies service, branch & category of regiment within that branch.
  • 1 (or 100) Service (100 indicates Army)
  • 4 (or 140) Branch (140 indicates Infantry)
  • 1 (or 141) Category of regiment - Foot Guards, of which there are 5 regiments)

3rd section: ("-2CG"): Seniority & Regiment The numeral gives the ranking of each regiment within its specific branch, according to the Army List of the year or era in which the uniform was worn.

  • -2 The 2nd ranked regiment in the Foot Guards
  • CG An abbreviation of the name of that regiment, which is the Coldstream Guards. Where possible, the abbreviation most commonly used by the regiment in official literature and references has been used.

4th Section: Order of Dress

  • .1 Full Dress
  • a, b, c, etc. lower case letters at the end of this section indicate distinct items that are from the same era and are of the same order of dress, but are of different dress regulation patterns.
5th Section: Uniform Periods For purposes of this catalog, period 1 begins with the early part of the reign of Queen Victoria.
  • .3 Period 3: Edward VII - 1901-1910
  • a, b, c, etc. lower case letters at the end of an item indicate multiple pieces of a uniform or possibly a duplicate.

Since the collection primarily consists of uniforms, careful attention has been paid to the Orders of Dress of an individual officer or soldier, and most of the uniforms in the collection are of the more formal orders. Additionally, the uniforms are organized by time period, although most of the collection represents the late Victorian and Edwardian periods. For more information on this, please see the Uniform Periods page.

The above is an attempt to describe, with as much accuracy as possible, the hierarchical structure of the regiments of the British Armed Services, so as to put the Collection uniforms and other articles into an accurate context. This document has a further potential as well, which is to be available for research purposes for other collections, costuming for theatrical or film production, literature, etc.

- Swinson, Arthur, ed. A Register of the Regiments and Corps of the British Army: The ancestry of the regiments and corps of the Regular Establishment. London: The Archive Press, 1972. Print.
- H.M. Stationary Office, The Monthly Army List, November 1913. London: J.J. Keliher & Co. Ltd., 1913.

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