Early examples of the wreath were almost circular, with flowers and leaves that were|
natural in form, growing on winding stalks (1). Regimental numbers were painted or
embroidered directly onto the colours within the wreath. During the 1760s the
wreath became oblong, having spread out sideways and appeared more naturalistic (2).
Still the regimental number was painted or embroidered directly onto the colours within
the wreath. It is during this period that regimental numbers are preceeded with the
letters "Regt." By the 1770s the regimental number appears on a gold-edged cartouche (3).
By the 1780s this oblong wreath is replaced by a symmetrical wreath surrounding
a shield-shaped cartouche (4). Exceptions; however, can be found at any period.