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.