FRENCH NAPOLEONIC CHASSEURS A CHEVAL DE LIGNE UNIFORMS
FRENCH CHASSEURS A CHEVAL REGIMENTS OF THE LINE 1804-15
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TROOPERS AND OFFICERS UNIFORMS
Regiments and facing colors were grouped in threes. For each group, facing colors appeared on the collar & cuffs for the first regiment in the group, on the cuffs only for the second regiment in the group, and on the collar only for the third regiment. However, thin piping in the facing color was applied to collars and cuffs that remained in the dark green uniform color. For all regiments, the jacket front piping and the turnbacks were in the facing color. All lace (see Note 2 below), buttons (see Note 2 below) , epaulettes, etc. were white for enlisted men and silver for officers. See note 1, below.
(NOTE THAT TRUMPETERS WORE REVERSED COLORS, SEE NOTE * BELOW)
FACING COLOR SWATCHES ARE (AT BEST) APPROXIMATE BUT RELATIVE TO ONE ANOTHER
|Facing Color||Collar & Cuffs||Cuffs Only||Collar Only|
* Vacant from 1794 to late-1815 so not available for the Napoleonic Wars
** Vacant throughout the Empire
*** Capucine is, in my opinion, a slightly brownish burnt orange
Variations on trumpeter uniforms are widespread. In general, trumpeters wore reversed colors. For example, in an orange-faced regiment such as the 13eme, trumpeters would wear an orange jacket with collar and cuffs in dark green. Further, additional piping in white or even silver was used.
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NOTES TO UNIFORM TABLES ABOVE
|1||Trumpeters in general||Generally, trumpeters were supposed to wear their uniform in the reverse colors of the regiment. They rode white or gray horses with a black sheepskin saddle cover. Since the uniforms were furnished by the regimental commander, many variations have been noted but not furnished here.|
|2||Lace Color||Braid, shako flounders, cords, piping, and button color was white for all regiments (all officers used silver).|
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L'Armée Française, Plate #'s 11, 49, and 97, Chasseurs a Cheval de Ligne 1804-1814. Lucien Rousellot.
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