Medic_in_Uniform wrote:A little while back, Sketor asked about the possibility of uniforms and insignia for the Metropolitan Police in Londan in this timeline, which I have to admit I hadn't really thought about before!
It's taken me a while to find the time to be able to complete this but now I have a few things I'd like to show you guys:
1. Cap badges and so on
The top row is the early cap badges; the bullion crown & wreath is for "chief officer" ranks and the silver badge with the crimson velvet backing behind the crown is for Superintendents and Inspectors (in military terms, the "officer" ranks) and the dull finish one-piece badge is for sergeants and constables. The bottom row would be later versions of the same set. The large metal plate badge on the left is the "helmet star" from the front of the traditional constables' "Custodian" helmet and the large version on the right would be the official badge used on signage etc. In the middle are the one-piece metal shoulder-titles and the standard uniform button.
2. Rank insignia
I tried a few different versions; the first amends the usual UK police insignia and brings them approximately into line with the alternative army insignia from this timeline - it's OK but doesn't really work for me to be honest. Here it is:
I figure that the original intention (from the inception of the police in the UK) of keeping police uniforms different to military uniforms is a sound idea, so I figured that the police generally would be reluctant to change and move away from their established insignia so I ultimately stuck with this version which uses some bits of the old Met Police structure from pre-WW2 and ads a few other twists. There are, overall, more individual grades but I figure there would probably be fewer people in each grade. The role of Clerk Sergeant (a real historical Met Police rank which had insignia same as Station Sgt.) is kind of a non-operational administrative role for long-serving senior sergeants prior to retirement, so I've separated it out and given it a different insignia like an Army WO2. In practice, it carries no additional operational authority than a Station Sergeant. Sub-inspector would usually be either an acting rank for a sergeant temporarily fulfilling a more senior role or a probationary position pending confirmation of substantive appointment as a Station Inspector. The only exceptions to this would be some special service units where Sub-Inspector would be a substantive rank. The significance of this is that UK law allows police officers of certain ranks specific additional powers over those of a normal constable, for example the authority to detain a suspect for a longer period of time.
These are the general day-to-day working uniforms. Constables and Sergeants retain the older-style closed, high-collar tunic but have more practical buttoned breast pockets and flaped hip pockets. Inspectors and above wear four-pocket open-collar belted jackets with a collar and tie. The now ubiquitous black-and-white diced cap band of the UK police will not be introduced for many years so peaked caps (when worn) are plain dark blue for constables and sergeants and have a black hatband of oakleaf pattern lace for inspectors and above, as well as peak embroidery. The custodian helmet will remain the usual headwear for constables and sergeants on patrol duties. An open-collar jacket, worn with a pale blue shirt and tie, will be introduced first for Divisional Clerk Sergeants and later will replace the high-collar working jacket as the standard uniform for all sergeants and constables.
4. Ceremonial full dress.
This has always existed for some senior grades within the Metropolitan Police and is worn on formal State occasions. Here, I've extrapolated this to all ranks so that the police outside the Royal palaces and Parliament can get just as dressed up as the Guards when the occasion demands (!). The tunic for sergeants and constables has a similar high-collar and seven button fron as the working jacket but is a pocketless formal tunic, based (loosely) on the older Victorian version of their uniform. The ceremonial dress for inspectors and superintendents has a blue jacket decorated with black mohair frogging (yes, it's a but more military looking...) and all-black silk embroidery for inspectors and silver bullion for suerintendents. Cuffs are peaked with small black lace Austrian knot decoration. Inspectors have plain blue collar and cuffs with black lace and knot; Chief Inspectors and Superintendents (and above) have black velvet collars and cuffs with black lace edging and silver bullion ebroidery.
More senior officers have gauntlet-style cuffs with silver bullion details and bullion edging to epaulettes. The ranks of Assistant Commissioner (equivalent rank and insignia to a Chief Constable heading a smaller County police force in the UK) and Deputy commissioner have oakleaves on the cuff and all around the collar. The tunic has a silver buttoned front and is worn with a silver and blue waist sash. The Commissioner has more extensive oak-leaf embroidery, broadly similar to that of an Army general. Like the Army and the Royal Navy, the historical uniform for senior officers inluded a full cocked had with feather plumes - this is not completely abolished but reserved only for the most formal occasions like Coronations and State Funerals.
Just for comparison, here's the actual ceremonial full dress, as worn by the current incumbent Commissioner:
Finally, here's the equivalent uniform for the ranks of Deputy Assistant Commissioner and Commander. Note the black frogging on the front of the jacket and the detailed Austrian Knots on the cuffs -- very Victorian! Smaller silver oakleaves on the collar though.
Yes, these senior officers are still wearing cocked hats with feather plumes into the 21st Century and, unusually, wear swords with full ceremonial dress too! Obviously the Comissioner has far more feathers...!
Clive19 wrote:One minor note, the lancer's uniform has two extra buttons next to the collar. Just have a look at the pictures incase my powers of description fail me.
The whole thing puts me in mind of a something like a British equivalent of the old German rank / role of "General der Kavallerie."
Obviously, there is also the very old Royal Household appointment of "The Master of the Horse" but that is a very distinct mediaeval position that used to have military significance but is now very much purely ceremonial (and has its own distinctive scarlet full dress uniform, now usually seen only at specific events like Trooping the Colour).
I'll see what I can come up with but maybe it should wait until I've also been able to complete Hussars and Dragoons and we can compare which would work better (!).
I guess the role would be some sort of honorary appointment as the notional ceremonial head of all the Lancers.
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