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SPANISH  NAPOLEONIC CAVALRY UNIFORMS c.1808

SPANISH LINE AND DRAGOON CAVALRY REGIMENTS c. 1808

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REGIMENTAL FACING COLOR AND POSITIONS
NOTE ABOUT BUTTONS
SPANISH CAVALRY REGIMENTS OF THE LINE c.1808
SPANISH DRAGOON REGIMENTS OF THE LINE c.1808

 

REGIMENTAL FACING COLORS AND POSITIONS

Uniform components of the jacket that were common for all regiments was the jacket color (dark blue for the line cavalry and yellow for the dragoons), the collar insignia (a yellow rampant lion for the line cavalry and a white crossed sword and feather for the dragoons), trousers (dark buff for the line cavalry and yellow to match the jacket for the dragoons), cuff insignia (fleur de lys for the line cavalry but cuff flaps with four buttons for the dragoons)., and solid red turnbacks for all line and dragoon regiments.

One decorative item common to the dragoon regiments was the button hole lace on the lapels which were white (silver for officers).  Not all line cavalry regiments had button hole lace and the ones that did had either white (silver for officers) or yellow (gold for officers). 

Piping around collars, lapels, rear pockets, and cuffs, differed between regiment, there being no standard application other than being unique for each regiment.

The rear pockets of the line cavalry were horizontal with three buttons; the dragoons had vertical rear pockets with four buttons.

All dragoon regiments had white metal buttons (silver for officers).  The line cavalry displayed either white or yellow metal buttons. 

Only the dragoons had cuff flaps adorned with four buttons.  The line cavalry did not have cuff flaps but the cuff was surmounted by a fleur de lys.

Information provided is based on Jose Maria Bueno's book "Uniformes Militares Espaoles: El Ejercito y la Armada en 1808"

SPANISH CAVALRY REGIMENTS OF THE LINE c. 1808 COLORING GUIDE

Name (all regiments wore a dark blue jacket and buff trousers) Collar & Piping Lapels & Piping Cuffs & Piping Rear Pocket Piping Button Hole Lace  Buttons 
Regimiento del Rey Red Piped Yellow Red Piped Yellow Red Piped Yellow Red Yellow  Yellow
Regimiento de la Reina Mid Blue Piped Red Mid Blue Piped Red Mid Blue Piped Red Red White  White
Regimiento del Principe Red Piped White Red Piped White Red Piped White Red White   White
Regimiento de Infante White Piped Yellow White Piped Yellow White Piped Yellow White Yellow Yellow
Regimiento de Barbon Red Piped White Red Piped White Red Piped White Red None  White 
Regimiento de Farnesio Red Piped Yellow Red Piped Yellow Red Piped Yellow Yellow None  White 
Regimiento de Alcntara Red Piped Green Green Piped Red Red Piped Green Green None  White
Regimiento de Espaa  Yellow Piped Red Red Piped Yellow  Red Piped Yellow Red None   White
Regimiento de Algarbe Yellow Piped Red Yellow Piped Red Yellow Piped Red  Red None   White
Regimiento de Calatrava Red Piped Red Mid Blue Piped Red Mid Blue Piped Red  Red None    White
Regimiento de Santiago Red Piped Red  Red Piped Red  Red Piped Red  Red None    White
Regimiento de Montesa Red Piped Red  White Piped Red Red Piped Red   Red  None  White 

SPANISH DRAGOON  REGIMENTS OF THE LINE c. 1808 COLORING GUIDE

Name (all regiments wore a yellow jacket and matching trousers) Collar Lapels Cuffs & Cuff Flaps Rear Pocket Piping  Button Hole Lace Buttons 
Regimiento del Rey Red Piped White Red Piped White Red Piped White Red  White White
Regimiento de la Reina Red Piped White Red Piped White Red Piped White Red  White  White
Regimiento de Almansa Mid Blue Piped White Mid Blue Piped White Mid Blue Piped White Mid Blue  White  White 
Regimiento de Pavia Yellow Piped White Red Piped White Red Piped White Red  White  White  
Regimiento de Villaviciosa Green Piped  White Green Piped  White Green Piped  White Green  White White 
Regimiento de Sagunto Yellow Piped White Green Piped White Green Piped White Green   White White 
Regimiento de Numancia Black Piped White Black Piped White Black Piped White Black  White White 
Regimiento de Lusitania Yellow Piped White Black Piped White Black Piped White Black   White   White

 

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