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 (51)

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
24. David said on 3/1/20 - 08:13AM
Hello Bruce ! Merci (thanks) pour ces 2 séries qui se finissent en beauté ! Have a good day !
25. David said on 3/8/20 - 03:18PM
Hello Bruce ! There is a typo in the series "FRENCH CAVALRY UNIFORMS 1735-1757 ". This error concerns the regiment" La Rochefoucauld "and not" La Rouchefoculd ". Thank you, good evening.
26. BRUCE said on 3/15/20 - 12:08PM
Thanks David. I have fixed it and the spelling is now correct.
27. John said on 4/1/20 - 01:01PM
Bruce, Great website with so much top information your efforts are appreciated. Headress section 1953-1958 the title should read The Royal ULSTER Rifles as the name changed in 1922 from Irish to Ulster.
28. Michael Harding said on 4/4/20 - 05:11PM
When did British infantry sergeants' sashes change from crimson to scarlet, and why? I can't find the answers online or in my books on uniforms.
29. BRUCE said on 4/5/20 - 01:12PM
That's a good question Michael. I am not sure, but I have contacted a couple of my colleagues who probably have expertise on the subject and they will let me know.
30. Michael Harding said on 4/5/20 - 06:13PM
Thanks, Bruce. I'm looking forward to reading the result.
31. Mike Harvey said on 4/25/20 - 05:30PM
I was curious to know who wrote the section on British Army insignia 1880 specifically the Rifle Brigade section. How did they identify the pouch belt belt plate as being correct for that that date ?
32. BRUCE said on 4/26/20 - 04:00PM
The Insignia section was, in its entirety, a collaborative effort of experts. As always if anyone notices an error, we are delighted to correct it, should it be required.
33. Mike said on 4/26/20 - 04:35PM
Ok Bruce,the helmet plate is the correct one for the time. I've been trying to identify and date all of the Rifle Brigade pouch belt badges and date them.Any help with this would be most welcome.
34. BRUCE said on 4/27/20 - 12:33PM
Mike, We had access to a collection and the images were correct for the period. It is possible, the t the pouch badge became more like that of the KRRC in later years.
35. Martin Tabony said on 4/28/20 - 08:55AM
Bruce, excellent job on the H.Cav kit
36. mike clark said on 5/14/20 - 03:14PM
hi bruce really great site,especially the household cavalry and the lancers,i wonder if you have any thoughts on showing military buttons in there own right,i realise some buttons are shown,but would love to see a section just on buttons,thanks bruce keep up the great work.
37. BRUCE said on 5/16/20 - 12:04PM
Hi Mike sorry for the delay. We are coming up with a section on Other Ranks insignia which will include some buttons. However, a section on buttons could be a great idea. We will look into it.
38. DAVE said on 6/2/20 - 12:54AM
Hi Bruce - just viewed Prussian army 1840,s section. Do you know why the hussars reverted to wearing the mirliton cap and for how long, I thought it was last worn in early Napoleonic period, just curious, cheers Dave
39. BRUCE said on 6/2/20 - 10:33AM
Hi Dave - When the Prussian Army adopted the white helmet and tunic in 1843, the hussars, with the exception of the Guard Hussars exchanged their colpacks (Busbies) for the mireleton. In 1844 the 10th Hussars readopted the Colpack and the remaining regiments did so in 1850. They also adopted the frogged tunic (Attila) at that time.
40. BRUCE said on 6/2/20 - 11:41AM
correction for above .... I meant "Spiked" helmets ... not white helmets!
41. DAVE said on 6/3/20 - 12:03PM
Thanks Bruce must have been a short lived fashion throwback whim at the time
42. Andy Hodgetts said on 6/30/20 - 03:42PM
Good site. Ive just a couple of points on the Forage Caps to the Guards ( i served in the Grenadier Guards ). The WO1 forage cap is a Sgt's/Csgt Musicians cap. A WO1 forage cap has 5 rows of russia braid not 3. All the Gdsm forage caps are to Lcpl's too.
43. Diane Oldman said on 8/1/20 - 03:33AM
What a wonderful website for military researchers. I would like to use some images for my own websites: Crimean War Veterans WA, Royal Sappers and Miners WA and Redcoat Settlers WA. Is that possible provided I attribute the images to uniformology.com?
44. BRUCE said on 8/1/20 - 10:10AM
Hello Diana. Glad you like the site. Please use any images you want and you can attribute the images to Uniformology.com. Some images are thus attributed anyway. I'm planning a Crimean series next year, so you may want to stay in touch. email me anytime at uniformologist@gmail.com
45. DAVE said on 8/20/20 - 12:59PM
Hi Bruce another idea would be British Army cap badges, I collect the infantry pre 1881 versions which were worn on the glengarry head dress. There are some great designs and I think all were made of brass, but there is some colour/tone variation. My favourites are the 101st - 109th old Indian European regiments, just an idea cheers Dave
46. Mike said on 8/30/20 - 02:50PM
Hi Bruce,the badge section 1881-1888. The crossbelt plates for the Kings Royal Rifle Corps and Rifle Brigade are both incorrect. Those shown are both a lot earlier than 1880. 1855 for the RB and 1866 for KRRC at the least.
47. BRUCE said on 8/31/20 - 02:24PM
Thanks Mike. I will certainly look into that and fix it.Do you have any documentation for that? Where can I find info on the post 1881 crossbelt plates?
48. Mike said on 9/19/20 - 03:06PM
Sorry for the delay in replying Bruce. Been madly busy. A lot is guided by HM silver versions that can be dated. The museum will offer guidance too if you can get a reply from them. If you drop me an email at mikeharvey_211@hotmail.co.uk I'll forward you the correct images with further info.
49. Richard said on 9/19/20 - 05:25PM
I see you are starting on the Royal Artillery. When you get to "Equipment", you might include the postcard of the Royal Horse Artillery with their heliograph from TuckDB site here: Signallers with https://tuckdbpostcards.org/items/70149 Per the TuckDB site FAQ, the images there are public domain, though they do request attribution. Use the "Full Size Images" button at top right to pull the high resolution image (1033 x 1633 pixels, roughly).
50. BRUCE said on 9/20/20 - 11:41AM
Thank you Richard. I will certainly have a look at that site. If I use anything, I wll of course attribute it.
51. Pietro said on 10/17/20 - 03:18PM
Congrats for this marvellous website, can't stop coming backe here to check the differences between old and modern uniforms! Hope you will dedicate some time to the uniforms of British General Officers.

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