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Duc de Brouilly15 Apr 2018 2:06 a.m. PST

I'm in the middle of painting a regiment (the 12th) of these for the early Peninsular War (+ for use in Egypt 1801), i.e., in Tarletons and braided jackets.

Now there are plenty of references for the uniform, far fewer for the saddlery and equipment.

My specific questions are:

What was the colour of the sheepskin: white or black?, and
What was the colour of the blanket under the saddle: blue or grey?

The illustrations in British Light Cavalry by John Pimlott (Nations in Arms) show black sheepskins and blue blankets, at least until the new uniforms come in. Other sources, however, indicate white sheepskins and grey blankets.

Would any of the learned gentlemen on this forum have further information?

Artilleryman15 Apr 2018 4:28 a.m. PST

The British Army at the time (and indeed even today) was notorious for each regiment 'doing its own thing'. However, generally speaking the sheepskins would be white with vandyking in the facing colour and the blanket grey. The rolled cloak should be blue. I think if you follow that, you cannot go far wrong.


Here's a good illustration which might help.

Le Breton Inactive Member15 Apr 2018 5:05 a.m. PST

Possibly useful ?

12th LD at Salamanca by Bernard Granville Baker (1870-1957)


12th LD in Egypt (No. 2) – L & F Funcken


12th LD in Egypt – Louis d'Hertault de Beaufort (1914-2004) – "Le Briquet"


dibble Supporting Member of TMP15 Apr 2018 9:37 a.m. PST

Paul :)

dibble Supporting Member of TMP15 Apr 2018 8:24 p.m. PST

The edging to the fleece in the top picture should be in pale yellow

Paul :)

Jabba Miles16 Apr 2018 12:50 a.m. PST

I thought the black fleeces were used by officers and possibly musicians?

Duc de Brouilly16 Apr 2018 2:19 p.m. PST

Thank you all very much indeed gentlemen: a very informative contribution from you all.

Trying to draw it all together, I would opine that, by around 1812 white sheepskins (black for officers and trumpeters perhaps) with grey blankets were pretty universal. However, I'm tempted to think that earlier on, black sheepskins were at least as common. Anyway, that's what I'm going with!

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