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Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP25 Mar 2021 2:32 a.m. PST

In the Osprey book 'Wellington's Specialist Troops' there is an illustration of a RA Corps of Drivers farrier wearing a distinctive fur cap, almost like a colpack with a peak, which is described as 'traditional' for a farrier. Does anyone know whether this hat was also worn in the heavy cavalry or did the farriers just wear the qualification 'horseshoe' badge?

PeterEm28 Mar 2021 6:08 a.m. PST

Don't know about heavy cavalry, but in India the Farrier of Skinners Horse certainly wore a similar peaked fur cap by the 1820s. The Osprey Armies of the East India Company has a fine image. Even today the Farriers of the Royal Horse Guards have distinctive uniforms, with black instead of red horsehair falling plumes and still carrying their axes on parade

Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP29 Mar 2021 3:40 a.m. PST

Thanks Peter. I have found the image and see what you mean. I wonder if there was a difference between the heavy and light cavalry? As the farrier I want to model is a dragoon, maybe the easiest solution is to put him in a forage cap and avoid the problem.

Prince of Essling01 Sep 2021 1:07 p.m. PST

Light Dragoon Farrier by Lawson on page 55 at link

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