Monthly Archives - November 2015

Iconic Police Helmet

West Yorkshire Police Say Goodbye To The Iconic Police Hat

With over 5,000 police officers, West Yorkshire has one of the largest police forces in England and it’s in this county that the traditional police helmet has stood the test of time for over 150 years. But the Metropolitan Police is a modern, progressive and forward-thinking organisation and after being perhaps the most recognisable and iconic part of a policeman’s uniform for so long, it’s out with the old and in with the new, as the traditional Victorian-style hard-hat has finally been retired to be replaced with a more practical, light-weight peak cap. More appropriate and functional for a modern police force, the new peak cap is particularly striking thanks to the black and white diced-check lace that wraps around the cap above the peak. A lace that is made in-house here at Wyedean and sold in a variety of colours and styles. Click here to view our selection of diced-check cap bands. The original helmet, however, remains a proud symbol [...]

Aiguillette

Where Did The Aiguillette Come From?

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 [...]

Tower of London

Remembrance Sunday 2015

This year Remembrance Sunday takes place on November 8th. Remembrance Day honours heroic efforts and sacrifices that were made in past wars. This day is also referred to as Poppy Day or Armistice Day. It usually occurs on the second Sunday in November, but many people also observe a moment of silence at 11am on November 11th, which is the time and date when hostilities formally ended after more than four years of battle during World War I. Why the poppy? Poppies are worn as a symbol of respect and tribute on Remembrance Sunday. Scarlet corn poppies naturally grow in conditions of disturbed earth throughout Western Europe. The Napoleonic wars of the early 19th Century brought destruction and transformed the bare land into fields of blood-red poppies, growing amongst the bodies of fallen soldiers. In 1914, World War One stormed through Europe and ripped open the fields of Northern France and Flanders. The poppy was one of the only plants to grow [...]