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Uniform of c1861 to 1867
« on: Monday 27 February 12 02:15 GMT (UK) »
I have this image on the Surrey site but it needs to be in this category now that I have further information -
I'm trying to identify the man in the cap and wearing the diagonal sash - he a likely a "Brooks" from Isleworth, Middlesex The family was also from Surrey.
I'm told that the uniform is probably not British which I had thought was most likely
I'm told that the photograph has been re-touched using water colour paint which was not an uncommon practice.
Other useful advice is that it is an early carte-de-viste photograph c1861 to 1867.
Also that the cap is of French kepi style and could be of the American Civil War period 1861 to 1865; and that the sash may indicate that he was a Sergeant or even an Officer.
Identification of this unusual uniform would be great

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Re: Uniform of c1861 to 1867
« Reply #1 on: Monday 27 February 12 14:37 GMT (UK) »
I must say it doesn't look military to me; more like freemasonry regalia.

The Ancient Order of Foresters badge is similar:
http://www.freemasonry.london.museum/showcase/the-ancient-order-of-foresters/

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Re: Uniform of c1861 to 1867
« Reply #2 on: Monday 27 February 12 21:29 GMT (UK) »
Good evening,

Definately not military of any type so some type of order, possibly continental but could be british! Will see what I can find online.

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Re: Uniform of c1861 to 1867
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 28 February 12 20:44 GMT (UK) »
Good evening,

Havn't had a lot of luck online but I think he could be a town mayor from somewhere on the continent. Not france as their mayors usually have red white and blue sashes. I'm thinking Belgium or that sort of area.

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Re: Uniform of c1861 to 1867
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 29 February 12 01:36 GMT (UK) »
Thanks - I initially thought that it may have been a guild or freemasons?  I have asked the London Guildhall, London Ports and Family Tree magazine but they have no solutions

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Re: Uniform of c1861 to 1867
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 29 February 12 01:42 GMT (UK) »
Some of the careers of Brooks men in the family around that time - soldier 56th Foot and Crimean War with medal, policeman in Surrey - on the beat at Wandsworth, watermen and lightermen on the Thames, fruiterer, labourer, tailor, eating outlets - the last 4 in greater London (Middlesex)