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Lord Hill07 Nov 2018 10:08 a.m. PST

Did the Dutch-Belgians in 1815 have forage caps? I'm thinking of doing some conversions for Dutch-Belgian artillery and was wondering if the French bonnet de police and/or the Pokalem might have been worn?

DeRuyter07 Nov 2018 10:31 a.m. PST

At least the militia did have a cap, very similar to the Hanoverians. I think Perry makes figures with a cap as well.


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Lord Hill07 Nov 2018 11:54 a.m. PST

Thank you, I wonder if the artillery also wore such peaked caps. I really like them!

Artilleryman07 Nov 2018 3:42 p.m. PST

I have certainly given my DB artillery the peaked cap. I understand that it was quite a widely issued bit of kit in 1815.

DrsRob19 Nov 2018 4:08 a.m. PST

The Dutch generally still used the 1814 pattern leather cap. This was similar to the British folding cap. Google on: "Australian Convict Cap". Only cavalry and horse artillery had a "bonnet-de-police" -like cap.
The Belgians had their own pattern: a peak-less flat-crowned forage cap. Only the Carabineers, Marechaussee and Train wore a copy of the French "bonnet-de-police".
The Peaked forage cap generally depicted was the 1815 pattern, that had hardly been issued.

Lord Hill20 Nov 2018 12:46 a.m. PST

Thank you DrsRob, that's very helpful.

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