This uniform belonging to Lieutenant William Hicks is the only known surviving example of a Royal Navy lieutenant’s uniform from the Napoleonic Era (1812-25 regulation pattern). It is even more noteworthy for having belonged to a veteran of Trafalgar. As a 21 year-old midshipman, William Hicks was an aide-de-camp to Captain Pellew of the Conqueror, which took possession of Admiral Villeneuve’s flagship Bucentaure.
This piece by Peter Warwick of The 1805 Club describes his discovery of one of the most extraordinary artifacts of naval history recently found: the only known Napoleonic era naval lieutenant’s uniform!
Admiral Lord Nelson’s Extant Garments get a separate gallery, too: All images courtesy of the National Maritime Museum unless otherwise noted.
“It was a good dress, a light, flimsy version of the naval blue, with white about it – no black, no concessions to Mrs Williams, for it was understood that at a ball any woman […]