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  • Silly question for cruisy types - hard epaulettes!

    Right, so I've got my seagoing uniform, including shirts with holes in the shoulders for hard epaulettes. I assume the laces go through the two holes on the shoulder end and a button through the hole on the neck end, but there's no hole through the epaulettes at the right point. Before I go wrecking them, just wanted to check that putting a hole in is the correct thing to do!
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    Re: Silly question for cruisy types - hard epaulettes!

    If your going to do it yourself it would be best to ask your specific company - or cadets that have already been on your ships as there are different ways of attaching them depending on company. (so far I've never seen the laces used, mine have always removed the laces and stuck a kind of hard plastic flap on to the back of them - which then passes through loops on the formal jacket - the button was always just a fake one - it never attached to the jacket. But as i haven't been on one of your ships I don't know how they do it)

    Worst case wait till you get onboard and the ships tailor will fix it for you
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    • #3
      Re: Silly question for cruisy types - hard epaulettes!

      Interesting.

      RN issue shirts as used by RFA have both loops to accept soft tabs, and holes to accept hard boards. Holes are used in the full manner, i.e. laces go through lower holes and tie at the back, long shank button through upper hole held on with a small split pin. On my cadet boards I didn't have a long shank button so one of the laces went through the eye on the button to hold it in place.

      Alistair, can you take photos of the arrangements on your boards and jacket? It doesn't sound like any system I am familiar with.

      CD, there is no hole through the epaulettes for the button? Are there other holes?

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      • #4
        Re: Silly question for cruisy types - hard epaulettes!

        Originally posted by Steve
        Alistair, can you take photos of the arrangements on your boards and jacket? It doesn't sound like any system I am familiar with.
        Unfortunately no, as my uniforms live onboard and I get new ones each time I join - if I remember I'll take a pic when I go back onboard.
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        • #5
          Re: Silly question for cruisy types - hard epaulettes!

          See attached pics. Apparently the button definitely does go through at the top of the braid, and I have two buttons with long "stems" and split pins... Hmmmm.
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          • #6
            Re: Silly question for cruisy types - hard epaulettes!

            Those look like standard cadet boards, but I see what you mean about the lack of a hole. Manufacturing error?

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            • #7
              Re: Silly question for cruisy types - hard epaulettes!

              Sorted, got Miller Rayner to punch holes in. Now to work out what to do with all that lace!
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              • #8
                Re: Silly question for cruisy types - hard epaulettes!

                ....try putting it through the holes in your shirt and tieing neatly with a bow on the inside of the shoulder. =]

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                • #9
                  Re: Silly question for cruisy types - hard epaulettes!

                  Shush you lol, there's so much lace though, will have to be a big bow.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Silly question for cruisy types - hard epaulettes!

                    Originally posted by CharlieDelta
                    a big bow.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Silly question for cruisy types - hard epaulettes!

                      To you from failing hands we throw - The Torch;
                      Be yours to hold it high.
                      If ye break faith with us of old,
                      We shall not sleep,
                      nor shall you either !!!

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