Look back at the various costumes of the Royal Artillery Company - Britain's oldest Regiment.
Introductory intertitle reads: "Four hundred years ago Britain's oldest Regiment, the Honourable Artillery Company came into being as "The Guild of St George".
Longbows, crossbows and handguns were the weapons!" High angle shot of men on a show ground dressed in costumes from the 1500s - doublet and hose etc. They hold longbows and face away from the camera. "In 1641, they were known as "Gentlemen of the Artillery Garden" and muskets and pikes held pride of place." Men dressed in costumes from the 1600s. They present arms.
"Grenadiers were introduced into the Company about A.D. 1686 - they certainly looked quaint!" Men in Grenadiers costumes march along. "Much more dashing were the Artillery members of 1800 - " Four men in costume march past the camera. "The next period - 1800 and 1900 - showed another stage -" we see men marching in uniform. Some of the men are riding horseback. Finally we see the Artillery Company of today. Various members of the company demonstrate army manoeuvres.
Note: an early incarnation of the Sealed Knot society perhaps? Or probably a demonstration organised by the Artillery Company.
Was an item in Pathe Pictorial issue number 644.