Aiguillettes

Aiguillettes

Aiguillette is an old French word for needle or tag, and refers to the metal tag at the end of the cords. Its origin is the same as shoe laces: both originate in the medieval period for tying clothes, shoes and armour. They are most commonly braided from gold or silver wire and feature pointed metal tips. Aiguillettes come in many different styles, ranging from the gold-wire cord aiguillettes worn by Equerries and Aides de Camp to the Monarch, to simpler corded aiguillettes worn by lower ranks and bandsmen in full dress. With the pristine detailing of the braids, aiguillettes are one of the more desirable features of a Full Officer Dress Uniform.   

In the 17th Century buff leather coats were worn as armour. With these being up to 5mm thick, buttons were impracticable, so leather or cord ‘points’ were used to fasten the coat. The sleeves of the coat were also made of buff leather and laced to the top of the arm hole. The ends being knotted off and the tags left to dangle.

After the civil wars it became fashionable to have bunches of ribbons worn at the shoulder sometimes in the form of bows with tagged ends. This fashion died out in England but continued in the French court dress of Louis the 14th and 15th into the early 18th century. This style was revived by the British Army in the form of a knot with three loops, as a corporal’s badge of rank. In this form it was made of worsted or silk cord of regimental colour, with the pointed tags in the same metal as the buttons and coat lace. They were also worn in this fashion by staff officers in metal cord. This style continued for staff officers up to 1814 when the French style was introduced. This had evolved in the French court and army into the style we now recognise but in lighter cord and made in worsted, silk or metal cord. The modern heavy cord style is an elaborate Victorian invention. 

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British Army - Field Marshall's and ADC No 1 Gold Aiguillette - Right Shoulder

No 1 gold aiguillette for the British Army, worn by Field Marshall's and ADC (Aides-de-Camp) to the ..

£185.35 Ex Tax: £154.46

British Army Gold and Crimson Fleck Aiguillette - Left Shoulder

Gold aiguillette with crimson fleck for the British Army. This aiguillette is worn on the Left shoul..

£154.45 Ex Tax: £128.71

British Army Gold and Crimson Fleck Aiguillette - Right Shoulder

Gold aiguillette with crimson fleck for the British Army. This aiguillette is worn on the right shou..

£154.45 Ex Tax: £128.71

British Army No 1 Gold Equerries Aiguillette - Right Shoulder

No 1 gold aiguillette for the British Army. This Equerries aiguillette is worn on the right shoulder..

£205.94 Ex Tax: £171.62

British Army No 3 Gold with Crimson Fleck Aiguillette - Left Shoulder

No 3 gold with crimson fleck aiguillette for the British Army. This aiguillette is worn on the left ..

£128.70 Ex Tax: £107.25

Life Guards - 2nd Class Staff Gold Aiguillette - Left Shoulder - Household Cavalry (HCav), British Army

This aiguillette is worn by 2nd Class Staff of the Life Guards in the Household Cavalry (HCav), incl..

£406.85 Ex Tax: £339.04

Life Guards - Officers Gold Cord Aiguillette - Right Shoulder - Household Cavalry (HCav), British Army

This aiguillette is worn by Officers of the Life Guards in the Household Cavalry (HCav). The ceremon..

£458.35 Ex Tax: £381.96

Marshal RAF Type 3 Gold Cord Trellis Plait Aiguillette - Right Shoulder

Type 3 aiguillette, gold cord with a trellis plait item for the Marshal of the Royal Air Force (MRAF..

£154.45 Ex Tax: £128.71

Naval Attaché - Royal Navy Staff Type Gold and Navy Fleck Aiguillette - Left Shoulder

Staff type aiguillette, gold with navy fleck for the Royal Navy. This Naval Attaché aiguillette is w..

£205.94 Ex Tax: £171.62

RAF Musicians Gold with Blue Fleck Aiguillette - Left Shoulder

Ceremonial musicians aiguillette, gold with blue fleck for the Royal Air Force. This RAF aiguillette..

£128.70 Ex Tax: £107.25

RAF Type 2 Gold Aiguillette - Right Shoulder

Type 2 gold aiguillette for the Royal Air Force. This RAF aiguillette is worn on the right shoulder...

£154.45 Ex Tax: £128.71

RAF Type 4 Gold with Sky Blue Fleck Aiguillette - Right Shoulder

Type 4 aiguillette, gold with sky blue fleck for the Royal Air Force. This RAF aiguillette is worn o..

£154.45 Ex Tax: £128.71

RAF Type 5 Gold with Sky Blue Fleck Aiguillette - Left Shoulder

Type 5 aiguillette, gold with sky blue fleck for the Royal Air Force. This RAF aiguillette is worn o..

£154.45 Ex Tax: £128.71

RAF Type 7 Gold and Blue Aiguillette - Left Shoulder

Type 7 aiguillette, gold with blue fleck for the Royal Air Force. This RAF aiguillette is worn on th..

£128.70 Ex Tax: £107.25

Royal Air Force (RAF) Type 2A Miniature Gold Aiguillette - Royal Cypher Devices

Type 2A miniature aiguillette for the Royal Air Force.This RAF aiguillette is worn on the right shou..

£130.00 Ex Tax: £108.33

Royal Navy Palace Type Gold Aiguillette - Right Shoulder

Palace type gold aiguillette for the Royal Navy. This RN aiguillette is worn on the right shoulder.M..

£185.35 Ex Tax: £154.46

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