July 14, 1892
Special Full Dress and Full Dress Coats.
Commandant. - A double breasted frock coat of dark blue
cloth; skirt to extend to the point of the thumb, the arm hanging
naturally; two rows of large size Corps buttons on the breast,
eight in each row, placed at equal distances apart; the distance
between the rows to be seven inches at the top and three inches
at the bottom, measurements to be made from the center of the
Collar.- Standing one and one-halt inches high, rounded ends; to hook in front at bottom top to be edged with scarlet cloth, three sixteenths of an inch wide; to be trimmed with gold lace five-eighths of an inch wide, under and against" the scarlet edging; gold tracing braid around the base.
Pockets.- Two, in the folds of tile skirt beh1nd; each pocket to have one three-pointed side edge in the fold of the skirt; to have one point at the center of the side edge and to curve thence up and down to the bottom; side edges to be piped with scarlet cloth, one eighth of an inch wide; one large s1zo'Corps button at the waist One at the center, and one at the bottom of each edge! .making six buttons. on the back and skirt of the coat; the lowest button to be three and one-halt inches from the bottom of the skirt.
Cuffs.- To be trimmed, as now prescribed with gold lace, one and one-half inches wide, backed with gold tracing braid, scar1et cloth to show in the openings of the loops.
Field officers.- The same as for colonel commandant, omitting the first pair of loops over the point of the chevrons.
Captains.- The same as for field officers, excepting that the cuffs shall be trimmed, as now prescribed, with round gold cord, one quarter of an inch wide, backed with gold tracing braid.
First Lieutenants.- The same as for Captains, excepting that the cuffs shall be trimmed as now prescribed.
Second Lieutenants.- The same as for Captains, excepting that the cuffs shall be trimmed as now prescribed.
In all the above specifications the gold lace or cord on the cuffs shall extend completely around the cuffs.
Commandant.- Special full dress; Of dark blue cloth, cut with
medium spring, side pockets; one stripe of No.. 3 Marine Corps
gold lace one and one-fourth inches wide, down the outer seams.
Full Dress.- Of sky-blue cloth of same shade of color as the standard sample adopted for enlisted men, out with medium spring; side pockets; one stripe of scarlet cloth down the outer seam of each leg, one and one-fourth inches wide, with one-eighth of an inch flat gold braid on outer edges, showing one-sixteenth of an inch of scarlet cloth outside of gold braid.
All other officers.- Special Full Dress: Same as prescribed for Colonel Commandant's full dress.
Full Dress.- Same as prescribed for undress.
Colonel Commandant and Field Officers.- Gold, with solid crescent; Corps device, in silver, placed within the crescent; bullion, bright and dead, one-half inch in diameter and three and one-half inches long. The following insignia of rank will be embroidered on scarlet ground and placed on the center of the strap:
- Same as for field officers, except that the bullion will be
one-fourth of an inch in diameter and two and one-half inches
long. Insignia of rank to consist of two silver embroidered bars
on a scarlet ground.
First Lieutenants.- Same as for Captains, excepting that the bullion will be one-eighth of an inch in diameter. Insignia of rank to consist of one silver embroidered bar on a scarlet ground.
Second Lieutenants.- Same as for first lieutenants, omitting the silver embroidered bar.
For all officers. - To be made of four strands of fine gold cord, three-sixteenths of an inch in diameter; to consist of a twisted strap of three loops and an end of clover leaf shape, the twisted strap and clover leaf end to be lined with scarlet cloth, so as to show the scarlet through the openings only. Shoulder ends to be slightly elevated by wadding. Rank to be indicated on center of the clover leaf by the same device as adopted for epaulettes. The fastenings of knots to be the same as prescribed for epaulettes.
Full Dress Hat.
Colonel Commandant.- A chapeau of the same pattern as now prescribed, with a plume of yellow ostrich feathers.
Black Helmet and Ornaments.
For all officers.- A helmet of fine felt, of the same shape the standard sample adopted for enlisted men.
The same pattern as adopted for enlisted men, with fretted silver
Western hemisphere, with chased parallels; continent of North and
South America, and anchor to be of gold, eagle to be of silver.
Chin strap, buttons, spike and spike base.- The same pattern as adopted for enlisted men, but of fire gilt.
Plume (for field officers only).- Of red buffalo hair, dyed a fast color to the shade of standard sample.
Plume socket (for field officers only).- To be of metal, fire gilt, an inverted fluted cone with mitered top (four points); spherical base, into the mouth of which the cone will be securely brazed, will form a hexagonal pedestal at the bottom, similar to that of the spike, so as to rest firmly upon the base and be bored for the plume pin. Height of spherical base (including mouth and pedestal), one and three-quarter inches; of cone, one and one-fourth inches; diameter of cone at bottom, five-eighths of an inch; at top, seven-eighths of an inch; diameter of sphere, one inch. The plume pin, with plain head and washer, shall pass through the socket, and extend one and one-fourth inches below the base; the thread on the pin shall be cut so as to screw into the ventilator socket at the top of the helmet. Base to be the same pattern as adopted for enlisted men
All metallic ornaments shall be goldplated, except where otherwise stated.
For all officers.- A white helmet of same shape and material as the standard sample adopted for enlisted men.
Colonel Commandant.- Of buff silk net, with silk bullion fringe ends; sash to go twice around the waist and to tie behind the left hip, pendant part not to extend more than eighteen inches below the tie.
Special Full Dress Sword Belt.
For all officers.- Of crimson and gold lace interwoven, one and one-half inches wide; lined with white morocco leather, showing edges of one-eighth of an inch wide; through the center of the belt a stripe of crimson silk three-sixteenths of an inch wide; slings of same amterial and design.
For all officers.- Gilt, rectangular, two and one-eighth inches wide by three and one-eighth inches long, with a raised bright rim; a wreath of laurel encircling the "Arms of the United States;" eagle, shield, scroll, stars, edge of clouds, and rays silvered.
For all officers.- Ivory Mamaluke grip, with two gilt embossed stars on each side of the same, set on a gilt circular plate sunk flush with the ivory. Blade rounded on the back, with the words "United States Marines" in a scroll on each side; length of blade from thirty-one to thirty-three inches. Scabbard of German silver; gilt hilt, band, rings, and tip, the bands and tips to be embossed.
Special Full Dress Sword Knot.
For all officers.- Of three-sixteenths inch crimson and gold cold, with bullion tassel.
For all officers.- A sack coat of dark blue cloth; cut half close so as to define the figure, but to be sufficiently loose to allow the sword belt to be worn under the coat; skirt to be one and one-half inches shorted than the skirt of the full dress coat; slits at the bottom of the side seams six inches long, standing collar one and one-quarter inches high; rounded ends, to hook in front at bottom. The edges of the collar, front, lower border, sleeves, side slits, and back seams to be trimmed with black mohair braid, one inch wide, backed with black tracing braid one-eighth of an inch wide; to be trimmed across the breast with black mohair braid three-eighths of an inch wide and one-eighth of an inch think, with black silk frogs, and black stuffed crochet buttons, one inch in diameter. Sleeves to be trimmed in black mohair braid, backed with black tracing braid as now proscribed for sleeves of full dress coat, omitting the scarlet. The Corps device and insignia of rank, both of metal and one-half the size adopted for epaulettes, the rank device to be backed with scarlet cloth to be worn on each side of the collar three-fourths of an inch apart, the insignia of rank being nearer to the ends of the collar, and three-fourths of an inch therefrom. The mohair braid and backing of tracing braid shall extend completely around the sleeves.
For all officers.- Sky-blue cloth of same shade of color as adopted for full dress trousers; cut with medium spring; side pockets; one stripe of scarlet cloth, one and one-fourth inches wide, down the outer seam; edges of scarlet stripes to be welted.
Commandant.- Of dark-blue cloth, chasseur pattern; black silk
velvet band, one and one-fourth inches wide; five rows of black
silk braid, one-eighth of an inch wide, down each seam from crown
to band; in the center of the crown a knot of five rows of the
same braid. Visor of black glazed leather one and one-half inches
deep; one small corps button on each side. Black glazed leather
chin strap one-half inch wide. The ornament to consist of a Corps
device set in a wreath of gold acorn leaves.
For all other officers.- Of dark-blue cloth, chasseur pattern; black ribbed silk band, one and one-fourth inches wide; three rows of black silk braid, one-eighth of an inch wide, down each seam from crown to band; in the center of the crown a kind of knot of same braid; also, one row around the edge of the crown. Visor of black glazed leather one and one-half inches deep; one small corps button on each side; black glazed leather chin strap one-half inch wide. Chin straps to be worn down when on duty with troops.
For all other officers. A fretted silver western hemisphere, struck from solid paltes with chased parallels; continents of North and South America of gold plate. To be surmounted by a spread eagle cut from solid silver and securely fastened by a tag of silver soldered on the inner side of the hemisphere. The hemisphere to rest upon the shank, between the stock and flukes of a foul anchor in gold metal; the inner edges of the flukes nearly touching the hemisphere. The dimensions to be as follows: hemisphere, three-fourths of an inch in diameter; the eagle, three-eighths of an inch from top of head to point of claws; spread of wings, one inch; width of anchor stock and shank, one-eighth of an inch, arms of anchor, including flukes, three-fourths of an inch in length from peak of flukes to apex of crown, and one-eighth of an inch in width; length of anchor over all, one and one-half inches. The shank of the anchor to intersect the hemisphere between the Artic Circle and the Tropic of Cancer on the left, and the Equator and the Tropic of Capricorn on the right.
Of white linen duck, of same pattern as undress cap, omitting braid, and substituting white patent leather visor. May be worn on board ship with summer undress, or undress, but not in line with troops.
Undress Sword Belt and Plate.
For all officers.- A white patent leather belt, not less than one and one-half nor more than two inches wide. Style of belt, belt plate, sling, and brass mountings to be the same as prescribed for special full dress belt.
Undress Sword Knot.
Of russet leather, to be similar in size and shape to the one adopted for full dress.
For all officers.- A sack coat of white linen duck, of the same pattern and with the same trimming as the cloth undress coat, excepting that the trimming will be of white braid, and that no corps device nor insignia of rank will be worn on the collar.
For all officers.- Of white linen duck, the shape to be the same as adopted for cloth trousers.
For all officers.- A round jacket of dark blue cloth. lined with scarlet silk; sixteen small sized corps buttons in a single row down the front; collar and cuffs to be trimmed as prescribed for full dress.
For all officers.- Of dark blue cloth; to be cut after the prevailing style of civilian's evening dress coat; rolling notched collar; two large size marine corps buttons on each side, and two at the waist behind; sleeves to be trimmed with the same material and in the same manner as prescribed for full dress.
Of dark blue cloth; to be cut after the prevailing style of civilians evening dress waist coat, with four small size Marine Corps buttons in front.
Of dark blue cloth, to be cut after the prevailing style of civilians evening dress trousers, a stripe of black mohair braid, one inch wide, down the outer seam of each leg.
For all officers:Of dark blue cloth, lined with scarlet flannel; cut half close; to overlap in front four inches; to extend down the leg from six to eight inches below the knee, according to the height of the wearer; to have a slit six inches in length on the left side, abreast of where the sword hangs, to permit the front sling and hook of belt to come through; single back piece with a slit in the bottom from fifteen to twenty-five inches, according to the height of the wearer; slit in the back piece to be closed at will by small black buttons and button holes in a fly flap, the right side of which shall be on the top, to permit the rear sling of the belt to come through.Collar four inches deep, rounded ends, to stand or fall; the edge of collar, front, lower border, pockets, sleeves, slit in back piece to be trimmed with flat black silk braid, one-half inch wide. Coat to close by means of four olive-shaped frog buttons of black silk, one and one-eighth of an inch long, loops of black silk cord three-sixteenths of an inch in diameter, across the front; and a long loop alchelle (without tassel or plate) on the left side, and a small black silk frog on the right side at the throat. Around each frog button on the front, a knot of two and one-fourth inches in diameter, of black silk tracing braid, one-sixteenth of an inch wide. Rank to be indicated on the sleeve, in black silk braid, by the same designs as prescribed for the full dress coat. The sword will be worn outside of the overcoat.
To be removable, and of the same color and material, and have the same lining as the overcoat; to reach to the edges of the coat sleeves when the arms hang naturally at the side; the edges to be bound with flat silk braid one-half inch wide; the cape to close by means of four small black buttons in a fly trap, the left side of which will be on top.
For all officers: A white standing collar, with a black silk cravat one inch wide.
Mounted Officers: White gloves or gauntlets.
All other officers: White gloves.
Mounted Officers: Yellow metal or gilt.
All officers: Of black leather. In summer or warm climates, a russet leather shoe may be worn, excepting on occasions of ceremony, and when in line with the troops.
Of the same pattern as prescribed for the enlisted men. To be worn only when on duty with troops on field service.
May be worn when not in line with troops. To be of black rubber.
To be furnished by the Quartermasters office, for the use of the officers of the day only; to be of crimson silk net, and to be worn over the right shoulder, extending diagonally across the body to the left hip.
Same as prescribed for the United States artillery, with the Corps device as prescribed for the undress cap on each flank corner of the saddle cloth.
Full Dress: A dark blue cloth tunic; height of collar and length of skirt to be the same as adopted for the full dress coat of line officers; to be trimmed on the collar an front edges with one inch black mohair braid, the braid on the front edges to be backed by one-eighth inch black silk tracing braid; also to be trimmed across the breast and up the back seams with black mohair braid three-eighths of an inch wide, and to have black silk frogs and crochet buttons as prescribed for the undress coat for line officers, and by the authorized design. Two frogs to be placed at the waist seam behind. Top and base of collar, front edge, bottom of skirt, and the plaits to be piped with one-eighth inch scarlet cloth. In the center of back commencing at the base of collar, two loops of black tracing braid. Aiguillettes and full dress shoulder knots to be worn on this coat.
Undress: The same as the full dress coat omitting the aiguillettes, and substituting for the gold knots others of the same pattern, but made of black silk cord.
Full Dress: Of dark blue cloth, cut with medium spring; side pockets; one stripe of No. 3 Marine Corps gold lace, one inch wide down outer seams.
Undress: Of dark blue cloth, cut with medium spring; side pockets; one stripe of mohair braid, one inch wide, down the outer seams of the legs.
Full Dress: Of one-fourth inch round gold cord, according to design. Insignia of rank on the end of knot, as prescribed for line officers.
Undress: Of black silk cord, size and design to be the same as adopted for full dress.
Of gold cord one-fourth of an inch in diameter, according to design.
Full dress: Same as the present pattern, with a plume of red cock feathers.
Full dress and undress: Same as prescribed for officers of the line.
Same as prescribed for officers of the line.
The overcoat, and cape, white helmets, white trousers, neckwear, gloves, shoes, spurs, and horse furniture shall be the same as prescribed for officers of the line.
Of single-breasted tunic pattern; to be made of dark-blue cloth; skirt to extend to the point of the thumb, the arm hanging naturally, one row of eight large size Marine Corps buttons on the breast, placed at equal distances, and two in the back at the end of the waist seam. Standing collar of same material, one and one-half inches high (rounded ends) to hook in front at the bottom, to be pipe edged around the top and base with one-eighth inch scarlet cloth, the top of the collar to be trimmed with one-half inch scarlet worsted lace. A three-pointed stripe at center of upper side of each sleeve hand of dark blue cloth six inches long, lower part along edge of sleeve hand two and one-half inches wide at each point, and one and three-quarter inches wide at inside of curves between the points, a small Corps vest button sewed on each point, straight side of straps to be sewed down and turned over so as to make the points extend towards the back arm seams. Straps for belt three inches long, two inches wide at bottom, one and one-half inches wide and rounded at top, to be sewed to waist seam opposite the center of bottom of scye, to be fastened at the tops by a button hole in straps with a small Corps vest button on the coat. The tunic to be piped around the base of collar, down the front, around the bottom, up the plaits of skirts to waist seam, on the edges of straps for belt and sleeve straps with one-eighth inch scarlet cloth, excepting straight side of sleeves straps and lower edge of belt straps, which shall be plain.
Total number of buttons on tunic: Ten large size and eight vest buttons.
Sergeants pattern: To be cut with medium spring; side pockets to have one stripe of scarlet cloth one inch wide down the outer seam; edges of scarlet cloth to be welted.
Corporals and privates: to be the same as sergeants, omitting the scarlet stripes down the outer seams.
Field music: To be the same as sergeants, excepting that the scarlet stripes shall be three-sixteenths of an inch wide.
Extra stripes for trousers shall be supplied by the Quartermasters office.
White linen duck for all enlisted men as now furnished by the Quartermasters office.
Of same pattern, quality, and shape as standard sample in the Quartermasters office.
Spike and base: The same as the present standard sample for the white helmet, excepting that the stars on the base piece will be stamped on it.
Chin Strap: The same as the present standard sample
Side buttons: The same as the present standard sample for white helmet, excepting that the eagle on the button will be more distinctly stamped.
Device: An enlarged Corps device, consisting of the eagle, globe, and anchor; to be made of brass, according to the standard device in the Quartermasters office.
All ornaments shall be fire gilt.
The metallic ornaments will be made according to pattern in the Quartermasters office, and will not be issued as part of clothing allowance, but will be served out on charge, to be returned at the expiration of each enlistment, and receipted for by an officer, as are arms and accoutrements.
The same as the standard sample in the Quartermasters office.
When worn with full dress, to have the spike, spike base, and side buttons. When worn with undress to have the ventilator and side buttons only.
To be made of dark blue cloth, cut half close to define the figure. Seam in center of back. Jacket to be one-half inch shorter than full dress coat. Body to be lined with black Italian cloth and sleeves to be lined with drab jean; one row of seven large Corps buttons down the front, top button one-half inch from base of collar, lowest button about nine inches from the bottom of the coat. Standing collar one and one-fourth inches high (rounded ends), to hook in front at the bottom; shoulder straps of dark blue cloth (inner ends rounded), two inches wide at sleeve head, and one inch wide at collar seam, to be sewed down to the fore part along shoulder seams, outer ends sewed in with sleeves, a small Marine Corps button at inner end. A three-pointed strap at center of upper side of each sleeve band, of same material, to be five and one-half inches long, lower point along edge of sleeve band, two inches wide at inside of curves between the points, a small Marine Corps button on each point, straight side of straps to be sewed down and turned over so as to make the points extend towards the back arm seams. Straps for belt nine inches from bottom of scye of jacket, to be three inches long, two inches wide at bottom, one and one-half inches wide and rounded at tops, to be sewed in jacket at bottom of straps, to be fastened at top by a buttonhole in strap with a small Marine Corps button on the jacket. The jacket to be pipe edged down the front, around the base of collar, shoulder straps, straps for belt, and sleeve straps with one-eighth inch scarlet cloth, excepting straight side of sleeve straps, lower edge of belt strap and outer edges of shoulder straps, which shall be plain.
Total number of buttons on jacket: seven large and ten small ones.
To be made of dark indigo blue flannel, dyed in the wool, cut half close so as to define the figure. No seam in center of back; darts in fore part under the arms to extend to top of hipbone. Coat to be one and one-half inch shorter than full dress coat. Body to be lined in fore part, and inside of shoulders covered with black Italian cloth; sleeves to be lined with drab jean. One row of seven 28-line Marine Corps buttons down the front, top button one-half inch from base of collar, lowest button about nine inches from bottom of coat. Standing collar one and one-fourth inches high (rounded ends) to hook in front at the bottom. Shoulder straps of dark blue flannel (inner ends rounded) two inches wide at sleeve head seams; and one inch wide at collar seams; to be sewed down to fore part along shoulder seams, outer edges sewed in with sleeves, a small Marine Corps button on inner end. A three-pointed strap at center of upper side of each sleeve band, of same material, to be five and one-half inches long, lower point along edge of sleeve band, two and one-half inches wide at each point, one and three-quarters inches wide at inside of curves between the points, a small Marine Corps button sewed on at each point, straight side of straps to be sewed down and tuned over so as to make the points extend towards the back arm seams. Straps for belt nine inches from bottom of scye of coat, to be three inches long, two inches wide at bottom, one and one-half inches wide and rounded at top, to be sewed to coat at the bottom of straps, to be fastened at top by a button-hole in strap with a small Marine Corps button on the coat. The coat to be pipe-edged down the front, around the bottom, base of collar, shoulder straps, straps for belt, and sleeve straps, with one-eighth inch scarlet flannel, excepting straight side of sleeve straps, lower edges of belt straps, and outer edge of shoulder straps, which shall be plain.
Total number of buttons on coat: seven 28-line and ten small ones.
Sky-blue kersey of the same shade of color and quality as the standard sample; cut to the shape of the body; to extend down the leg from six to eight inches below the knee, according to the height of the wearer; to be slit up the back piece sixteen inches. Double-breasted, with two rows of large size Corps buttons on breast, seven buttons on each row, placed at equal distances apart; the distance between rows to be seven inches at the top and five inches at the bottom, measurements to be made from the center of the buttons; lower border of the coat to be felled. Collar five inches deep, to stand or fall, to hook in front. Sleeves loose with two rows of stitching to represent cuffs five inches deep; three small size Marine Corps buttons on each cuff. The body lining to be of scarlet flannel. To have seven hooks under the collar, to which the cape will be attached.
Cape: Circular, cut out of one piece of sky-blue kersey; to extend to the edge of the coat sleeve, the arm hanging naturally; to close in front with five small size Marine Corps buttons; to have seven eyes on the upper border, by which it will be fastened to the coat.
For all enlisted men: To be made of wool-dyed indigo blue cloth fifty-four inches in width, and to weight not less than thirteen ounces to the linear yard; to contain forty-eight threads to the inch warp, and forty-six threads to the inch filling; to be capable of sustaining a strain of twenty-six pounds to the inch in the warp, and eighteen pounds to the inch in the filling, and to be well sponged before being mad up into caps.
Band: The band to be about one and three-eighths inches wide, strengthened by a strip of strong split leather, of the same width sewed in between the cloth and the sweat leather.
Front: The front to rise above the band straight and vertical one and one-eighth inches, sides slightly converging from the band to the crown.
Back: The band to be slightly convex four and one-half inches long from the band, from which it rises at an angle of forty-five degrees to the crown.
Crown: The crown to be circular, five inches in diameter, of the kind known as a gossamer. The shape of the cap would thus give an incline to the crown of about one inch from the rear to the front.
Visor: To have a straight horizontal visor of patent enameled leather, black above and green beneath, about three-sixteenths of an inch thick, without binding.
Trimmings: A small Corps button on each side immediately behind the ends of the visor for the chin strap. The side buttons to be fire gilt. The chin strap to be made of good black enameled leather in two parts, each part about nine inches long and one-half inch wide and fitted with a stout fire gilt slide on the end of the under part, and leather keeper on the end of the upper part, through which the end finished to a point will project about one-half an inch, to permit the strap to be adjusted at will. Sweat band of Belgian leather one and one-half inches wide. Lining of strong black satin fastened by its lower edge only to the inner stiffening of the band, the upper edge gathered with strong thread over an elastic cord. Each cap to be furnished with a loop of black mohair braid one-eighth of and inch wide, and securely fastened under the sweat band at the back seam.
Of the same pattern and dimensions as the present standard sample.
General Order No. 427
Washington, July 18, 1894
The Regulations for the Uniform and Dress, Equipments, etc., of the U. S. Marine Corps, issued July 14, 1892, are hereby modified as follows, to take effect July 1, 1894.
Special Full Dress and Full Dress Coats
1. Cuffs, Field Officers. The same as for Colonel Commandant, except that the knot over the point of the chevrons shall be in the shape of a single three-leaf clover, with the scarlet cloth showing in the openings of the loops. The width of the side loops will be three inches from point to point, measuring from the outside of the gold tracing braid, and the height of the upper loop will two inches, measuring from the point of the chevrons to the outside of the braid.
Coats, Full Dress
2. Cuffs to be trimmed with black mohair braid of the same width and in the same manner as prescribed for officers of like grades in the line.
3. All officers. Of black leather. In warm weather, on board ship only, with white trousers, plain white shoes, high or low, of canvas or buckskin, may be worn when permitted by the senior officer present. Russet leather shoes may be worn when on campaign service only.
4. To be of black rubber or rubber cloth.
5. The cloth undress coat having been abolished by order of the Secretary of the Navy, under date of March 12, 1894, will no longer form part of the uniform, the flannel undress coat being substituted therefore.
6. Coat: To be made of
six ounce white cotton duck, made in single breasted sack pattern
with falling collar, as per standard sample in office of
Quartermaster, U.S.M.C., and to be fastened in front from neck to
waist by six Marine jacket brass buttons held by rings in
eyelets. To have an outside patch pocket on each breast.
Trousers: To be of the same material as coat, and to be cut in accordance with standard sample in office of Quartermaster, U.S.M.C. To have slanting top pockets, a watch pocket, and a hip pocket on right side; straps and buckles, waist band and flies faced with same material the trousers are made of.
Cap: White cap cover. To be made of white linen, to fit over the blue undress cap covering the ornament. Not to be worn except with the fatigue suit. The blue cap without the white cover may be worn with this suit when ordered.
This suit to be worn by men when on fatigue duty or other labor ashore and afloat, one suit each year, and one white cap cover, being issued to a man as part of his equipment.
If the suit and cap cover are not drawn no credit will be given for the value of the same, as they are intended to save the regular uniform and to be worn when they are more suitable than the woolen dress.
They will be dropped from the returns of the officer or non-commissioned officer in charge of clothing when furnished to the soldier and will be issued on the regular receipt rolls.
Issues of these articles in excess of the yearly allowance will be made on the extra issue sheets and charged at prices to be fixed in the annual price list of clothing in the same manner as other clothing.
Full Dress Coat
7. Shall be made in the same
manner as prescribed for enlisted men of the line, except that
the color of the cloth shall be scarlet, cochineal dyed, the
pipings white, the collar to be trimmed with ½ inch yellow
worsted lace, instead of scarlet, and the cuffs to be pointed,
one and one-half inches deep, of three-fourths inch yellow
worsted lace, showing one-eighth of an inch of white piping;
spring of cuffs two and one-half inches from edges of sleeves on
each side, and with three small Marine buttons on the under seam
The round jackets prescribed for boys not large enough to wear the frock coats, shall be trimmed and piped in the same manner as the full dress and undress coats of other field music.
8. The straps for holding the belt on coats of enlisted men are abolished.
9. Medals of Honor, good conduct badges, the badge of the Regular Army and Navy Union, and other decorations will be worn as directed by General Order No. 385, Navy Department of November 7, 1890, except that the position of the top of the medals or badges on the coat will be on a line with the third button from the top.
|H. A. Herbert
Secretary of the Navy
Special Order No. 50
Washington, July 25, 1896
The Regulations for the Uniform and Dress, Equipments, etc., of the U. S. Marine Corps, issued July 14, 1892, and modified by General Order No. 427, Navy Department, of July 18, 1894, are hereby again modified as follows, to take effect July 1, 1896.
Corporals: to have the same stripe down the outer seams now worn by sergeants.
Coat: To be made of white
linen duck, instead of cotton, the pattern to be the same as
present coat, except that the outside patch pocket will be
omitted, and a slip pocket on the inside of the left breast,
running diagonally down from the opening be substituted
All non-commissioned officers will wear white chevrons on the sleeve of this coat, of pattern and quality as standard sample in Quartermasters office. One pair will be allowed for each white coat, any issue in excess to be regarded as extra and charged the same as extra issue of worsted and silk chevrons.
Trousers: The present white linen trousers to be worn, and the cotton duck trousers abolished.
In addition to fatigue duty ashore and afloat, this suit may be worn as a summer uniform, in which the latter case, when on shore, the white helmet will be worn. On board ship the authorized white linen cap cover may be worn if so ordered. The coat and cap cover will constitute part of the regular allowance of clothing, and credit will be given therefore.
Cotton duck coats and trousers now in the hands of men, can be used until worn out.
All parts of General Order No. 427 inconsistent with this are revoked.
Heavy woolen gloves for all enlisted men, according to pattern in Quartermasters office, will be issued at cost price, at the rate of one pair per annum, when the necessity for such issue is certified by commanding officers of posts. They do not form part of the annual money allowance for clothing.
|H. A. Herbert
Secretary of the Navy
|Special Order )
No. 55 )
Washington, December 16, 1896.
The Regulations for the Uniform and Dress, Equipments, etc., of the U.S. Marine Corps, issued July 14, 1892, are hereby modified as follows:
To be made of fine dark navy blue cloth, weighing about 16 ounces. Height in front to be 3 inches, graduating to 2½ inches at back. A black silk velvet band 1½ inches wide within welts. Lower welts to be 1/8 of an inch from base of cap. Three short rows of black silk flat braid 1/8 of an inch wide extending from top of band to top edge of cap in front, and equidistant on each side.
The knot of top of cap to be composed of four double loops, made of 1/8 of an inch black silk flat braid. Shape of cap to be what is known as the bell crown, being about ½ of an inch larger at crown than base.
Two metal ventilators on each side of cap, midway between band and top edge, and distant ½of an inch from the rows of braid. A black leather visor, with bound edge, lined with green leather, and sloping at an angle of about 45 degrees. Cap to be stiffened and held in shape by upholsterers hair cloth above the band, and to have a steel grommet within the dge of the crown. Two U.S.M.C. gilt buttons and chin cord made of 2¼ inches ligne real gold cord.
Ornament to consist of a corps device set in a wreath of gold acorn leaves.
For all other Officers:
Same as Colonel Commandant, except that a row of lustrous black mohair braid 1½ inches wide within welts instead of velvet. Present cap ornament to be worn.
This modification in the uniform will take effect on February 1, 1897, on which date if practicable, all officers will be required to commence wearing the new cap.
If impracticable to procure the same by the time specified, by reason of remote station and non-receipt of this order in sufficient time, the above instructions will be complied with at the earliest practicable opportunity.