Bengal Engineers - A Pair of Epaulettes 1840
Gilt brass, silver, gold cloth and bullion lace officers epaulettes, with regimental button. Impressed with the maker’s name of Landon & Morland, 17 Jermyn Street, London.
By 1830 it was recognized that officers for the East India Company’s Engineers should have special training. Cadets were sent to Addiscombe, the Company’s college for gunner and engineer officers, where they received a special education.
When they reached India, they were required to pass, within six months of joining the corps, an examination in logarithms, practical geometry, plane trigonometry, the use of a chain box, sextant and theodolite, and be able to make a ‘route sketch’.
Fourteen months from joining, the young officer must be able to show a well-finished plan of a system of fortification drawn by himself, and his knowledge of Vauban’s system of fortification would be tested.
Engineer officers were long experts on everything to do with a siege; it was they who drew up for the commanding officer’s approval the general plan for reducing a fortress and it was they who pronounced a breach in the fortifications to be ‘practicable’.