43rd Monmouthshire Light Infantry 1795 - 1815 - Battle re-enactment & Living History Group
 
Uniform look & research

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These are useful  for our  Napoleonic, War of 1812 uniforms  for our Historical, Living History events as the 43rd Monmouthshire Light Infantry 1795 - 1815, Re-enactment group portraying the Georgian and Regency  period





43rd Monmouthshire Light Infantry 1795 - 1815 Re-enactment group

Cuff
Cuff
The uniform jacket was supplied "pieced". These pieces were then often put together locally. This means for the majority of the edges were "raw" except for the cuff which did have a turn back.
False Pocket
False Pocket
A nice shot of the false pocket, again with a raw edge, unlike the turnback, which like the cuff did have a fold over.


 
Jacket

Jacket
I very good image of the jacket
Officers Jacket : Napier Smith
Officers Jacket : Napier Smith
C/o National Army Museum London
Officers Jacket : Napier Smith
Officers Jacket : Napier Smith
C/o National Army Museum London
Officers Shako 43rd Monmouthshire Light
Officers Shako 43rd Monmouthshire Light
c/o National Army Museum London
Regimental Lace
Regimental Lace
Red and a Black Stripe Red stripe near outer edge, black stripe near inner edge
Fatigue Hat version 1
Fatigue Hat version 1
Available form Stitch in Time
Fatigue Hat version 2
Fatigue Hat version 2
Available from Stitch in Time
Jacket Collar
Jacket Collar
showing raw edge
Regimental lace in pairs
Regimental lace in pairs
In addition to the facing colour of white and the button "number" the pattern of Lace and its spacing was also a method of identification for regiments.
The rear of the jacket also showing the flank wings and shoulder strap.
The rear of the jacket also showing the flank wings and shoulder strap.
This is view of the 43rd uniform not often seen by the enemy!
Shoulder, Collar and wing
Shoulder, Collar and wing
Flank company wings were normally only worn by the "light" and "Grenadier" companies. However all 43rd companies worn wings once converted .
Front of the jacket
Front of the jacket
the paired lace will be broader at the top and taper towards the waist
Light Infantry Shako
Light Infantry Shako
6.5 inch (16cm) Tall Approx. 7.5 inch (19cm) in circum.
Plume, cockade
Plume, cockade
Plume, green. feather or wool 3.5 inches (9 cm) tall.
Cockade Black leather fixed with regimental button 2 inch (5 cm) circum.

note the leather pocket that receives the plume and to which the cockade is fixed and covers.
Close up shako fixings
Close up shako fixings
back view
back view
showing the folded neck cover held up by two small hook & eyes.
Back view
Back view
showing the hook & eye
Neck Cover opened
Neck Cover opened
The neck cover is an oblong of soft leather 5.5 inch (14cm) by 12 inch (30 cm).

Often worn down with the rain cover which at the back extends down to the same length as the neck cover.
Inside of the  shako
Inside of the shako
Linen draw string inside, with tape pulls tied to fit the individual, peak stiff black plain leather 2.25 inch ( 5.5cm) wide at the centre 9 inch (23 cm ) long tapering.

The inside front as an over lap or soft leather covering the front seams against the forehead.
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