Saturday, 28 July 2007

SYW Hanoverian Horse Grenadier 1763-style


After many trials and tribulations, here is a Hanoverian Horse Grenadier. It is a slight cheat, as it is in fact the uniform worn from 1763 onwards by the combined Horse Grenadier unit created by the amalgamation of the old guards cavalry units, and is not the early Seven Years War uniform. I finally had to admit defeat on the zigzag pattern on the shabraque of the early uniform, which I simply could not get to look right after much struggle. It is amazing how tricky some of these patterns can be to get right.

There does seem to be some dispute about the uniform worn by the earlier Horse Grenadiers; the contemporary illustration in Niemeyer and Ortenburg depicts a uniform without lace around cuffs, lapels and buttonholes for the early uniform, whereas in Mollo's SYW uniforms book or in e.g. Preben Kannik's "Military Uniforms of the World in Colour" the early uniform is shown with the lace.

Hopefully Jeff of Saxe-Bearstein will now be happy!

5 comments:

Bluebear Jeff said...

Ah, now our Horse Grenadiers will be happy! Thank you, sir.


-- Jeff of Saxe-Bearstein

David said...

My pleasure - although the HG saga has not been entirely entertaining! ;-) Look forward to seeing him in action on your blog.

David.

Bluebear Jeff said...

He's there . . . along with my heavy cavalry.


-- Jeff

Bluebear Jeff said...

David, I've been getting some nice compliments on my Horse Grenadier . .. people seem to like how it looks.

Thank you for your template!


-- Jeff of Saxe-Bearstein

David said...

Hi Jeff,

Thanks; yes, he does look very good! I'm glad that's so after the trouble he has caused me... ;-)

Thanks very much for the advertising on your blog comments - it is gratifying when we lowly artisans get some credit. :-)

David.