Tuesday, 15 September 2009

'Americaner Soldat'

This is a fascinating picture. I don't really know anything about it - probably someone has debunked it somewhere as not authentic but from what I know it was engraved by M Will of Augsburg based on a drawing of a 'Bayreitischen' Officer in the English service and is from 1778 or before. There is also a side view apparently that shows the mitre to have a rear panel as well.
If anyone knows the whereabouts of that image or anything about this figure give me a shout. I don't really know much about American Militiamen's clothing during this period but this figure interests me.
Hunting shirts in the Revolution
These are generally thought to not to have existed in this form in the French and Indian war period.
If you want to read some period accounts and mentions of hunting shirts then check this site out. Also other subjects such as leggings and beards are covered here.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this Ralphus. Yes, as far as I have been able to research so far the caped and frilled open fronted frock/hunting shirt was not in existance at least before the 1760s. The most common frock seems to have been the shirt-frock which is a pullover closed front type. This type of clothing can be traced back into the middle ages, and the shirt-frock was still in use during the 19th century.
    Le Loup.