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BrianBCM Sponsoring Member of TMP29 Apr 2018 4:36 a.m. PST

Can anyone let me know what the saddle's and saddlecloths looked like, there do not appear to be many photos of them around,
Thanks for any help you can give

seneffe29 Apr 2018 7:10 a.m. PST

I think it depends on date. In the very early period (when there were hardly any Portuguese cavalry available to take the field anyway) I think it was blue saddlecloths decorated with button coloured trim (from memory).

Later, as a few reasonably battleworthy cavalry units were being built up, the Portuguese received quantities of British pattern equipment and saddlery. From memory again, in the later period they used very plain grey or blue undecorated saddleblankets, rather than dress saddlecloths, in the field- like the Brits.

Prince of Essling Supporting Member of TMP29 Apr 2018 7:39 a.m. PST

Portuguese Army. 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1812 link

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Police Guard of Lisbon, 1812 link

seneffe30 Apr 2018 2:44 p.m. PST

Prince- great sources! Herbert Knotel does show a blue saddlecloth with white/or silver edging for the Alcantara Regt (with black sheepskin holster caps) 1810 but I'm inclined to go with your sources of black sheepskin for that early period- certainly for the troopers.
In the 1812 Dighton illustration of the 10th Cavalry, the chap in the background is presumably the officer's orderly holding his charger. The horse furniture looks to me like that British style very plain saddle and blanket- with what may be black fur/sheepskin holster caps again.

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