Tuesday, 9 February 2010


This hat is of interest to me...I already posted before about it - worn by Miliciens and Compagnies franches de la Marine - very similar to the montero or Karpus. I am pretty sure that they were still being issued to Canadians and regulars in the Seven Years War but the source for this - Ft. Pontchartrain at Detroit: a guide to the daily lives of fur ..., Volume 1 by Timothy J. Kent isn't online anymore...so I don't know if any of you have a copy and could search the index for tapabord?
I suppose part of the reason why I am interested is partly with French troops of the SYW you tend to think cocked hats, fatigue caps and noone really would include this as a Canadian headgear but I think it was and was partly the inspiration for the British light infantry caps.
'English style cap, sometimes called Bourguignote by sailors. It is a day and night cap, with flaps that can be turned down for protection against the wind and sand' Furetiere 1690.


  1. Good post. I have seen something on the tapabord before but can't recall where, but I am pretty sure its use extended to the mid 18th century. Should not be too hard to research.
    Le Loup.

  2. Nice one...I just wish someone would do some figures for this period!