Since the 18th century members of The Order of Saint Joachim have appeared in uniform. The original 1768 Statutes of the Order of Jonathan, Defenders of the Divine Providence, describes a uniform of “celestial blue”, with chest and cuffs “the colour of fire”. Epaulettes were silver and mantle was worn also in celestial blue. A hat with a white feather completed the uniform. By the time of the publication of the 1787 Statutes and Rules of the renamed Order of Saint Joachim, the uniform of the Order had changed from “celestial blue” to “gray-green” with silver epaulettes bearing green embroidered crosses denoting rank.
By the turn of the century, the Order’s uniform had changed again, as described by the Order’s Vice Grand Chancellor Sir Levitt Hanson GCJ in 1802:
Below is an illustration of the uniform of the Order of Saint Joachim ("Ordine di S. Gioacchino") from the 1841 book "Iconografia Storica Degli Ordini Religiosi e Cavallereschi" by Gaetano Giucci.
All members of the Order of Saint Joachim, from the rank of Postulant, are entitled to wear the uniform of the Order. Purchasing the uniform of the Order of Saint Joachim is however optional.
The Order of Saint Joachim has maintained the traditional uniform of 1802 with slight modifications for modern wear. The body of the uniform of the Order of Saint Joachim is a short jacket in scarlet with off-white lapels and lining. Lapels can be in either the same material as the body of the jacket, or in satin/silk. The collar is rifle or dark green, and the green velvet cuffs are no longer worn.
The cut is similar to British regimental dress kit as illustrated. The lapels are peaked and without button holes. The front is open with a button and chain fastener, with six buttons on the body and four buttons on each sleeve. There is no outside pocket. Buttons are gold or brass with the arms of the Order. Trousers are black and straight-legged, worn high at the waist in the style of cavalry trousers and without a belt. They may be worn with or without rank stripe as described below. Vest, Shirt and Tie: The vest and shirt are in white and in plain or piqué material. Bow tie is in either white or black cotton or silk. Shoes are black, highly polished or patent leather, or military-style square-toed dress boots with optional spurs for members of the rank of Knight and above.
Female members of the Order may wear the uniform jacket as described above, with either trousers or black medium length skirt. If a skirt is worn, there are no rank stripes. For summer or tropical wear, members of the Order may substitute a plain white short mess jacket for the red jacket. The white jacket will also have The Order's buttons and shoulder straps.
Members may, by choice, wear any insignia/badge of the Order up to their entitled rank on the uniform, as may be appropriate to the occasion. Members of the Order of Saint Joachim may also wear the insignia of other Orders on the uniform, provided no other Order's neck decorations are worn and no other Order's medals and decorations are worn in precedence to those of The Order of Saint Joachim. Regulations regarding the wear of the uniform can be found here.
The Order can supply members with brass buttons, green enamel cross pattee rank pips and shoulder boards. Most members in the past have had to have The Order's uniform custom made by individual tailors.
ORDERING THE UNIFORM
While The Order does not supply its members with uniforms directly, it is pleased to inform those interested that a supplier in Pakistan is producing them to order. The new supplier produces a complete uniform including a lined jacket in quality wool. In-hand inspections of uniforms from from the new supplier have been positive.
Cost details are:
Full price, measurement and ordering guide can be found here: download brochure.
Members interested are invited to contact Mr. Naeem directly to make their arrangements for sizing, payment and other details. Again, this will be a private arrangement between Order members and the supplier and any difficulties will have to be taken up with the supplier. We hope that it is a a good experience and would appreciate feedback from members' experience in ordering and final product.
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