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Written by Captain Everett
(3/14/2003 7:38 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Seeing stars ???, penned by StewartMcI
No, I'm speaking of historical rank designations for the British Regular Army, as worn during the Napoleonic Wars. The Stars and Crowns are mounted on the epaulettes. The epaulette is about 3" wide and about 6" long, with either fringe or bullion hanging from the bottom edge. The rank ornamentation are (sorry, not a sewer) "embroidered" and rather large.
For Majors: a Star - usually six-pointed, which evolved into the four-pointed "pip"
Lieutenant-Colonel - a Crown.
Colonel - A crown and a Star. (Don't recall offhand which is uppermost, Crown I believe).
Grenadier Company Officers often added a grenade; Light Company, a Buglehorn; plus some Regimental variations.
Royal Marines, on the other hand had silver stars on gold epaulettes: one for Major, two for Lt-Col, three for Colonels.
The designations have since changed, but that's as they were at that time period.
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