Welcome to the Uniformology Blog : MILITARY UNIFORMS & HISTORY

Welcome to the Uniformology Blog

by Bruce Powell on 01/23/20

Hello.  Now you can make comments, offer suggestions and ask questions right on the site. Please ....  no profanity, no ugly issues and no personal information you don't want broadcast!


This site is all about Military uniforms and their history

Comments (23)

1. BRUCE said on 1/30/20 - 11:12AM
So tell us what your favourite section on the website is and why?
2. David said on 1/30/20 - 12:33PM
Hello Bruce ! Thank you for all ! The new séries have a problem ?
3. pedro said on 1/30/20 - 01:04PM
A fantastic site. Please keep up this way. My favourite plates are those related to the British army. Congratulations and my best regards from Spain.
4. BRUCE said on 1/30/20 - 01:24PM
Hello David, I fixed the link so it should work. There are a couple of link issues still with the system (not me) which I think will be resolved soon.
5. David said on 1/30/20 - 01:45PM
Merci Bruce ! Toutes vos séries sont passionnantes. Une des dernières sur l'armée Autrichienne présentent un tireur d'élite avec un fusil "Girandoni", fusil a air comprimé. Superbe !
6. David said on 1/31/20 - 01:15AM
In the series "Austrian army 1792-1815", plate n ° 3 is entitled "Drummer" but it looks more like a "Flag bearer". is it a mistake ? Thank you Bruce, have a nice day.
7. BRUCE said on 1/31/20 - 10:43AM
Hi David, I fixed the title on plate no, 3. Still having a system problem with new pages
8. David said on 1/31/20 - 12:02PM
Ok ! Thank you Bruce !
9. Dave in Manchester UK said on 2/2/20 - 12:46PM
Hi Bruce, great site and great series on British cavalry especially the Lancers. The uniform research and illustration plates are top drawer stuff, cheers Dave
10. BRUCE said on 2/2/20 - 04:40PM
Thanks Dave. When I have finished with the Household Cavalry I will be starting on the Roayal Artillery and Royal Engineers
11. Mac said on 2/5/20 - 01:48AM
All the uniforms in ceremonial splendour. How about some attempts to show the appearance after a few months’ campaigning?
12. BRUCE said on 2/5/20 - 02:17PM
You have a good point Mac. Unfortunately, most of the 19th and 20th century artists depict uniforms that are pristine. One that shows uniforms that depict the rigours of campaigning is JOB and you can see his work on the NAPOLEON's ARMY Section.
13. David said on 2/7/20 - 12:15PM
Hello ! Il y a aussi Knötel qui représente des uniformes un peu usagés ou salis !
14. BRUCE said on 2/7/20 - 12:51PM
Yes, Knötel did produce plates showing the wear and tear of campaigning. I have the entitire collection and at some point, I will start putting them on the site.
15. David said on 2/7/20 - 02:08PM
Je parlais de Herbert Knötel, le fils. J'ai aussi une bonne partie des collections Knötel. Essentiellement sur l'époque Napoléonienne.
16. Stephen said on 2/16/20 - 03:26PM
Hi Bruce. I went looking for information on the British Household Cavalry and came across your site, and so glad I did. I have a few questions and hoping you can help me. I've noticed that with the 1871 Pattern helmet some are shiny silver and others are tarnished which I assume is because of the silver. How did Officers manage to clean the silver part without damaging all the gilt fittings? And with respect to the cuirass I read where Warrant Officers wear their aiguillette on the left side instead of the right, however do they wear the Officers Helmet as their title would suggest, or is it an Other Rank version?
17. BRUCE said on 2/17/20 - 07:46AM
Hi Stephen. The Officer's helmet was made of German Silver. The gilt fittings could all be removed, so an officer's servant (Batman) could clean it easily. Warrant officers and all NCOs (above Corporal until 1928) of the HC had less elaborate aiguillettes and indeed wore them on the left shoulder. Their helmets were the same as the ORs but made of steel. There is much more info on the Houshold Cavalry dection, which I will be updating this week.
18. Stephen said on 2/17/20 - 01:34PM
So they could remove the helmet plate, the plume holder, chin chain and bosses, and back strap from plume holder to neck guard? I've seen a Victorian 1871 Officers Helmet for the Life Guards combined with an Officers Cuirass however it has what appears to be the less elaborate aiguillettes on the left? Confusing?
19. Martin Tabony said on 2/17/20 - 02:57PM
In reply to 16 and 18. Presently Staff Corporal ans above wear officers pattern helmet. All called "Sir" by ranks below and "Corporal Major" by ranks above. The helmet is cleaned gently with liquid soap and thoroughly dried. Try not to remove the plates because the bent brass tabs will snap off. A deap clean is possible now and then, as long as you've got time for repairs if needed.
20. BRUCE said on 2/17/20 - 04:55PM
Spot on Martin. I believe that staff corporals did not wear officer pattern helmets in Victorian times.
21. Martin Tabony said on 2/17/20 - 07:11PM
Just looking at the badge collection. Can I just clarify. The LG and RHG/D regimental badges are worn on the beret and khaki SD cap. The Household Cavalry badge is worn by both regiments on the red and blue cap, the only difference being the small chin strap buttons.
22. Stephen said on 2/18/20 - 01:53AM
Thank you for the cleaning advice. However I still need to clarify: If it's a Victorian 1871 Pattern Officers Helmet with an Officers cuirass, and the aiguillettes are on the left, then what rank could that be? Thanks.
23. Martin Tabony said on 2/18/20 - 09:38AM
As far as I'm aware the Regimental Corporal Major has always worn an officer's helmet with an other ranks cuirass


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