Thursday, 24 December 2009

Happy Xmas and New Year!

In the age old tradition of the NBA Blog, I wanted to wish everyone Happy Xmas and a Happy New Year, as well as to post the usual obscure sort-of-Xmas-related template of a genuine 18th century uniform for people to identify. :-)

See you all next year...


Update: The uniform is that of Norwegian ski troops of 1765, as shown in a manuscript manual of that year by one Grüner; see the bottom 2 plates on this website:


Bapcel said...

I do not the uniform but love it. My you and your's have a Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy new year.

Fitz-Badger said...

No clue on the uniform - maybe an 18th century jockey? (just kidding! The cap does look a little "jockey-ish")

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! :)

David said...

Thanks, Bapcel and FB. :-) Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to you both.

Yes, FB, in a way you're not entirely wrong about the jockey cap... ;-)

All the best,


A J said...

Not a clue about the uniform, but Merry Christmas to you!

David said...

Thanks, AJ, and to you and yours! All will be revealed about the template, eventually. :-)



Sir William the Aged said...


With the jockey-style cap, it looks very similar to the uniforms worn by the outriders accompanying certain Royal coaches and drum wagons, like William III's drum wagon taken to England upon his arrival and by the later paukenwagen of Frederick I in Prussia. Otherwise, no idea.

BTW - Check out the blog at for some work that we've done on late 17th century colours. I like the work done on yours very much and would be glad to discuss some of the more unusal and obscure ones with you.


David said...

Hi Bill,

Yes, it is indeed very like the jockey cap - in this case, I suspect it's to do with the convenience of slinging a musket over the shoulders while using the hands for something else, so a very functional piece of headgear. :-)

That's a splendid blog you have with many very good pictures; will be in touch about it. Thanks; and I'm glad you like the flags I've posted.