Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Fusilier and Grenadier of the Sardinian Swiss Regiment Meyer 1750-1774


Unit history: First raised January 1744 by a "capitulation" between King Charles Emmanuel III and the Swiss Cantons of Glaris and Appenzel. 1 battalion of 4 companies. Mostly in garrison during the War of the Austrian Succession but involved in a notable action when its fire stopped a French advance on the Assietta ridge in July 1747. Commander from 1744 Adrian Meyer von Herisau. Regiment partly disbanded/partly absorbed by another Swiss regiment in 1774.

Uniform: Fusilier (left) Black tricorne, white laced edge, yellow metal button, white strap, mid-blue cockade, yellow-black-red pompom on right side (out of view). Black stock. Very dark (almost Prussian) blue coat, red collar, lapels, cuffs,
turnbacks, red edge to shoulder strap. No lace, yellow metal buttons. Heart patches covering hooks and eyes on turnbacks black or very dark blue. Red waistcoat, yellow metal buttons. Red breeches, yellow metal buttons. White inner stocking. White gaiters, white metal buttons.

Grenadier (top) Black fur cap, red bag edged yellow with yellow and red tassel. Black stock. Very dark (almost Prussian) blue coat, red collar, lapels, cuffs,
turnbacks, red edge to shoulder strap. No lace, yellow metal buttons. Heart patches covering hooks and eyes on turnbacks black or very dark blue. Red waistcoat, yellow metal buttons. Red breeches, yellow metal buttons. White inner stocking. Black gaiters, white metal buttons.

6 comments:

Capt Bill said...

Sir David,
Inspired by your uniform guide, I have decided to reuniform the troops of the Reich Duchy of Beerstein. In addition to being the royal Flag, Standard, and Ensign provider, Reich Duke Wilhelm has named you uniform designer for the realm. Thanks again for the inspiration...Bill

Capt Bill said...

Sir David,
P.S. Samples appear on our site...Bill

David said...

Thank you: most gratifying! :-)

The new uniforms look splendid too.

All the best,

David.

P.S. Hope you saw the reply about Sardinian light troops.

Capt Bill said...

Sir David,
I did see the Sardinian light troop info. Thanks...Bill

Fitz-Badger said...

I see the new map symbol post when I look on Google Reader, but the post is not showing up from your blog site. Weird.

Anyway, I just wanted to say those new map symbols look great!

David said...

Thanks, FB. All fixed now. :-)

David.