(Left) Weston Super Mare, SK: second captain's colour, Sir Thomas Ballard's Regiment. Civil War colours were about 6ft.6in. square, of painted silk, flown on quite short staves which allowed the bearers to perform elaborate ceremonial flourishes. For economy, today's reproductions are sometimes made of linen or cotton, and cost around £25 - silk reproductions can cost around £100, and colours arc easily damaged in battle. The colour was carried by the junior company officer,the term "ensign" also being used for this rank.
(Right) A Parliamentary officer photographed at Basing House carrying the 1649 Commonwealth Ensign adopted after the First Civil War and the King's execution. Over his blue doublet he wears a gorget, a • baldric for his swept-hilt rapier, and a tawny-orange sash. His outer garment is a "cassack", with unbuttoning sleeves and side seams which allowed it to be arranged either as a coat or a cloak. Cheaper alternatives were simple cloaks of various lengths, often worn by cavalry; and the "Dutch coat", a conventional loose overcoat.
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