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William Loney RN - Uniform

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Epaulettes, a bicorn hat, both in their seagoing metal cases, and a sword-belt are the only surviving items from William Loneys uniform in the possession of my family (however decendants of his sister Anne have a watch and a pewter tea and coffee set engraved "WL"). The sword-belt is not the one in the portrait, but is identical to that worn by Deputy Inspector-General Watson in a photograph taken only two years after Dr Loney retired). Click on the following images to see larger versions.

Hat Hat in case
Hat Hat
Epaul Epaulettes in case
Epaul One of the epaulettes
Cases Metal cases for epaulettes and hat

The metal plate reveals that these - like the belt below - were supplied by "Gillott & Hassell" of 36, Strand, London, 36 Strand is now a "Sainsbury's Local supermarket"External link
belt Belt - general view
belt Belt - general view
belt Belt - buckle
belt Belt - manufacturers mark. Gillott opened a shop at 36 Strand in 1828. Over the next 40 years the company name changed as people came and went. In 1853 Gillott joined with Hasell to form 'Gillott Brothers & Hasell'. By 1868 they were known as 'Gillott & Hasell', but situated at 2 New Burlington St. The company finally ceased trading in 1954 (Ref: Swords for Sea Service, Vol 1, Part IV; Commander W.E. May and P.G.W. Annis).
belt Belt - braid detail

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