HISTORICAL MINIATURES BY GEORGE GRASSE

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
TRUMPETERS UNIFORMS
BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

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OFFICIER DU 7e REGIMENT DE CHASSEURS A CHEVAL DE LIGNE PAINTED BY GEORGE GRASSE

 

 

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
Scarlet 1 2 3
Yellow 4 5 6
Pink 7 8 9
Crimson 10 11 12
Orange 13 14 15
Sky Blue 16 17* 18*
Aurore 19 20 21
Capucine *** 22 23 24
Madder Red 25 26 27
Amaranth 28 29 30**
Chamois 31 - -

* 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

 

TRUMPETERS

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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TROMPETTE DU 13e REGIMENT DE CHASSEURS A CHEVAL DE LIGNE PAINTED BY GEORGE GRASSE

 

NOTES TO UNIFORM TABLES ABOVE

Nr. ITEM NOTES
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)

 

FRENCH CAVALRY ORGANIZATION AND RANK INSIGNIA

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Splendeur des Uniformes de Napoléon: CavalerieÉditions Charles Hérissey, Évereux, France, 2002.  ISBN 2914417071.

La Cavalerie Légere, Les Uniformes du Premier Empire, Collection du Cdt E. -L. Buquoy, Jacques Grancher, Editor, Paris, 1980.

L'Armée Française, Plate #'s 11, 49, and 97, Chasseurs a Cheval de Ligne 1804-1814.  Lucien Rousellot.

Napoleon and Austerlitz, "The Glory Years" of 1805-1807, Volume 1.  Scott Bowden, The Emperor's Press, Chicago, Illinois, 1997.  ISBN 0962665576.

Napoleon's Hussars.   Emir Bukhari with colour plates by Angus McBride, Osprey Publishing Ltd, London, 1978.  ISBN 0850452465.

Napoleon's Regiments, Battle Histories of the Regiments of the French Army, 1792-1815.  Digby Smith, Stackpole Books, Pennsylvania, 2000.  ISBN 1853674133.

 

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