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Terry3718 Jul 2018 9:23 p.m. PST

I am working on putting together a 1690's French army and have three questions, which arise from my several references giving various answers. Hopefully some one might have a good reference/source that can help define them for me.

1. When did the French start wearing the tricorn hat. I have references to them wearing the broad brimmed hat and the tricorn in the 1690's period???

2. When did French Dragoons adopt the tricorn? I again have references of both for this time period. One source states that the cap with the hanging bag was for foot service and the hat for mounted service????

3. One of the regiments I plan to do is the Royal-Italien and some of my sources state a red vest while some others (less though) state a yellow vest for the 1690's?????

Any help is appreciated!


Brownand20 Jul 2018 12:39 p.m. PST

1. I always thought as a transition period between floppy, broad brimmed and tricorne. So I have my guards/gendarmes already in tricorn and all the others in floppy hats.
2. I thought both were worn. I have all my French dragoons in bonnet cap; are much nicer I think. The bonnet is worn until 7YW (or maybe even later?). In the Histoire & collections books it is mentioned that the bonnet was always worn except on parade
3. Hall show the Royal Italien with yellow vest. He mention two souces with yellow, one source with red. I would pick yellow.

Terry3722 Jul 2018 12:10 p.m. PST

Thank you very much Brownand! Great info and I agree in proceeding as you suggest.

Thanks again,


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