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Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP31 Oct 2020 11:16 a.m. PST

The wearing of a frock coat was common in the Portuguese line officers, especially those who had been attached from the British Army. How common was it amongst the Cacadores? More importantly, does anyone know the colour of the coat worn? Was it the classic blue of the line (and the British Army) or was it some other colour such as brown or grey?

I will be grateful for any information or logical guesstimates.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP31 Oct 2020 12:27 p.m. PST

My sources suggest they wore a brown hussar-like uniform sans pelisse.

Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP31 Oct 2020 3:03 p.m. PST

Thanks. I have that basic uniform. I just wondered if they had the additional frock coat which was popular elsewhere.

Prince of Essling01 Nov 2020 2:45 p.m. PST

From a review of the various Portuguese material in my possession I can see no illustration of a frock coated officer in the Cacadores but that of course doesn't prove they didn't wear one……… Will keep a look out just in case a suitable illustration pops up.

If they did I would hazard a guess of brown otherwise they would be even more conspicuous a target for French skirmishers to take pot shots at…

Pictures for 1842 & 1846 – the earlier version appears black, while the later period is brown…

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP02 Nov 2020 7:48 a.m. PST

For what it is worth Osprey MAA 358 plate C2, shows a militia officer 1806-1810 in a double breasted (two vertical lines of white metal 'silver' buttons) dark blue winter greatcoat. The officer's coat collar is of the regiment's facing colour of royal blue, silver shoulder straps with silver fringed epaulets and he has a red or deep crimson sash with silver tassels. It appears that the sash covers the sword belt.

The notes to the plate state that the regulars wore the same greatcoat. No information as to whether or not there was a specific cazadore greatcoat.

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