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Napoleonic Era Discuss the many wars fought around the globe around the time of Napoleon. This forum is dedicated to the memory of Ben Weider and our late friend and long time ACG Staff member, Michael Brown, better known here as Post Captain.

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Period uniform patterns

I thought I'd start this thread away as a resource for period uniform patterns and equipment as they are often difficult to find. so, here's the first one. This is a 42nd Highlander's or Black watch tunic from around 1812 for some strange reason its held at the Borodino Battlefield museum and the pattern (below) is based on it. I've made a number of tunics in the past and I find that the best quality wool for these reproductions is bought from Hainsworths,https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rc...n2SGXabGAC2b-A they still supply the British army with wool material for all the redcoats you see at Horse Guards parade and so on, bandsman redcoats, household cavalry etc. If people want to add to the thread we should have a decent database built up in no time.






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Here's another one for you this time a French Gillet again around 1812 from the Bardin regulations I think, a kind of stable jacket used by both cavalry and infantry in variying colours, again pattern at bottom.






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Here's the last one from me for a while, the habit-Veste of 1812











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Welcome to the forums Stubblehopper. What is your interest in these patterns? Are you involved with reenactment?
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Yes I am Compans thanks for the welcome, I'm in the process of gearing up for Waterloo in 2015. Here's a shirt pattern, just been making a couple of these. This is a regency shirt that is in the National Maritime Museum, a variation on the pattern below it.



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I used to do Napoleonic reenactment way back in the 70s. I always loved that round shouldered look to the original tunics - the sleeve extends to mid shoulder. Very different to later Victorian styles.
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Yup the clothing from that period is very different from today's, I'm about to make some buckskin breeches shortly, or at least breeches, whether Chamois or suede, I'm not sure, but here's a little research, again with a pattern at the end.







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Attached some nice photographs of two French infantry uniforms pre 1812 habit-veste for both a private and officer, with a nice detailed shot of the stitching on an officer's habit-veste, as ever with the relevant pattern at the end. The quality of needle work on officers items is always superior to that of the rank and file, as they were tailor made items often self purchased. Whereas the private soldier, at least in the French army, whereever a battalion was formed, sealed patterns were distributed to local towns people and surrounding villages and the items were made up by local cottage industries with varying quality of craftsmanship often quite poor. Heinrich von Brandt' book, "in the legions of Napoleon" describes just such an example, whereby he was ordered to assemble a battalion new recruits for the Vistula Legion just before the invasion of Russia in 1812, he comments on the uniform items coming in to the new battalion in dribs and drabs.











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Thanks Stubblehopper. Keep 'em coming.
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Thanks Compans, Napoleon's retreat from Moscow has always fascinated me ever sice I read the memoire's of Sgt Bourgoine and having been a grunt myself, I often wondered what the average Johnny Frenchman/German grunt would have looked like, so here we go with a pattern of the French infantry soldier's greatcoat.



I suppose they must have looked something similar to this, which is a mannequine that has been left out in clod weather to test the materials under such circumstances as the 1812 retreat.



Here's a clearer view



A surviving example, this one I think is the British pattern infantryman's greatcoat.



A period print from the time



A sketch



And as ever a pattern for making the thing. We'll be taking a look at British officer redcoats next time I have a little time for this, probably in a week or so.

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While I'm on with this regarding the retreat from Moscow and greatcoats and such, here's one for the cavalry a cavalryman's cloak.

Here's a surviving item, I think this one is in the musee d l'armee, anyway its a cavalry cloak from around 1812 as would have been worn by dragoons, cuirassiers, lancers, no doubt other cavalry as well.







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