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Rank and Rate - Royal Naval Officers' Insignia Since 1856

By E. C. Coleman

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ISBN: 9781847971388
PUBLISHED (THIS EDITION): 2009
PAGES: 96
BINDING: Hardback
SIZE: 296x210 mm
INSIDE: 750 colour photographs and diagrams

For over a century and a half, since the Uniform Regulations of 1856 were introduced, identification of rank amongst officers in the Royal Navy, its branches and its reserves has not been restricted to a single, or even small number, of insignia. Rank may be seen on jacket cuffs, on shoulder badges, on shoulder boards and on epaulettes. It may be seen on swords and buttons, and in the manner in which buttons are worn. Cap peaks indicate rank, as do collars, cocked hat ornaments and cuff slashes.

Rank insignia varies just as much between officers of similar rank. Cap badges and variants of gold lace stripes divide Executive from Civil branches, and from the Royal Navy and its reserves. Civil branches were further divided, and some remain so to this day, by the addition of colour between the gold lace stripes.

For the first time the complete range of Royal Navy Officers' insignia may be seen and studied in a single, comprehensive guide. The badges, buttons, stripes, wings and stars are catalogued separately in order of rank and date of introduction. Where possible, actual examples are used, and where not, an accurate as possible reproduction is offered. Original photographs show the insignia being worn over the past 150 years.

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" Altogether these are well-produced volumes on an esoteric subject. If you're seriously interested in the detail of uniforms then it's a 'buy' recommend.
The two volumes are unquestionably authoritative books of reference. "
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Reviewed By: Naval Review

" These two volumes are an essential reference guide for serious students of the past 150 years of the RN. Producers of TV dramas and films about the RN take note; there's now no excuse for the wrong uniform. "
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" This book is obviously a product of many years of study, a labour of love, which should provide a ready reckoner for anyone interested in Naval uniforms, whether as an historian, genealogist or even model maker; in short, anyone who has a painting or photograph of a naval officer in uniform. "
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" I am sure that this book will become a necessity to researchers and naval genealogists and as such will be present in any important library regarding the navy. "
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" An excellent and much-needed addition to the shelves of naval collectors and historians, as well as family researchers. "
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Reviewed By: The Review (Journal of the Naval Historical Collectors & Research Association)

" E.C. Coleman's book is an invaluable new reference work. It brings together in a single volume, the full, complex range of insignia worn by Royal Navy officers since the uniform regulations of 1856 were introduced. "
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Reviewed By: Family Tree - March 2010

" An invaluable research tool for collectors of naval insignia, full of colourful pictures as well as period photographs. From the button worn by a flag officer on dress uniform from 1748-67 to green and black stick-on badges denoting rank, whilst attired in the anonymity of a Nuclear, Biological and Chemical suit, this book has it all in one comprehensive volume. "
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Reviewed By: The Armourer - May/June 2010

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