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WIP Imperial Guard Chasseur (or not)

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Cannonball, Feb 9, 2020.

  1. Cannonball A Fixture

    Great sentiments Richard.

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  2. NeilW Well-Known Member

    Best ask the sculptor/publisher.

    Have Carl/Stormtrooper responded to any of this?
  3. NeilW Well-Known Member

    True Richard. It was the ludicrously tall Roleau Shako as worn by the 2nd Regt Eclaireur, the 2nd Regt Chasseur Cheval, the Young Garde squadrons and other odd units. I think that the cords wound around the waist of the Czapska originally served a similar function (though they often became purely decorative).

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    BTW: I think that the heavy plaited cords on the bust (and shakos of the period) are really just decorative, having evolved away from any actual function.
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  4. ivopreda A Fixture

    these discussions are justified more for an important unit like the guard chasseur than for a minor unit. The guard chasseur are always under the eyes of Napoleon and didn't have problem with money as for the line troops.

    The corp was the most prestigious of the Army and deviation aren't permitted as for the guard grenadier.

    cords for the officers? acceptable until the empire regulation... after the uniform didn't have any modification. I checked many portraits and none have cords

    my de beauharnais

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  5. NeilW Well-Known Member

    Agree Ivo and very few refs I can find show cords (and then they may be erroneous).

    Cannonball's refs (with cords) are by Carle Vernet (pub. 1821) showing senior officers and Nicolaus Hoffman (died 1823), so probably contemporary and based on actual observation.

    However, a similar Hoffman drawing of a trumpeter is said to show a period of transition from Consulate to Empire with a resultant mish-mash of equipment, including the red breeches and cords.
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