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John Waller

Chapeau Bras

Were there any regs for officer's chapeau bras / bicorns circa 1809 or were size and shape down to regimental or personal preference? I have found some regs for the American army but nothing so far for the British. Any pointers gratefully recieved as I'm trying to make one of the bloody things!

Cheers.
John Waller

OK I have answerd my own question :- The Hat to be Cocked with uniformity according to a Pattern Hat left at the Controller’s
Office for Army Accounts.


Honestly how do they expect anyone to make one two hundred years later based on that!

D.—[4 May 1796, C.] The Uniform Hat for Officers throughout is to be without
Lace with a Crimson and Gold Cord round the Crown with Crimson and Gold Rosettes or
Tufts brought to the Edge of the Brim. A Black Cockade and their Uniform Button with
a Gold or Silver Lace Loop according to their Regiment of Corps. The officers of Battns.
To have a White Feather with Red at the Bottom; those of Grenadiers to be all White, and
those of Light Infantry and of the Rifle Corps to be dark Green. General Officers and
those on the Staff to wear a White Feather with Red at the Bottom, and the Loop of the
Hat to by in Gilt of Silver Scales. The Feather for the Whole to be the Cock’s Hackle.
The Hat to be Cocked with uniformity according to a Pattern Hat left at the Controller’s
Office for Army Accounts.
The Officers of the Guards are to have Gold Lace Hats and
the usual Feather when in Full Dress Uniform. The Officers of the Highland Corps to
wear the Scots Bonnet and Black Ostridge Feather similar to their Men. Officers of the
Rifle Corps, when in Service Uniform, to wear Caps like their Men.25) Z.
Neibelungen

Exactly the same way that they would have done  it then.

Employ a company with  several  years expereince  of hat making, who  would then go  and look at a pattern and go  home and make  it.

Simples....  q12
John Waller

Neibelungen wrote:
Exactly the same way that they would have done  it then.

Employ a company with  several  years expereince  of hat making, who  would then go  and look at a pattern and go  home and make  it.

Simples....  q12


If only the Controller's Office was still open! Anyway, started on prototype today. Will report on the results.

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