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The Tyn Man23 Nov 2021 4:16 a.m. PST

I know this is a rather fine point, but being that the piping on the leger uniform was white, does anyone know if the piping on the forage cap was white as well, or red like the rest of the army.


Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2021 10:03 a.m. PST

It was white as with the rest of their piping.

Milgame23 Nov 2021 10:16 a.m. PST

Rousselot shows Light Infantry carabinier forage caps piped in red, and voltigeur caps piped in green. He does not show chasseur (center company) forage caps.

Personal logo SHaT1984 Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2021 11:00 a.m. PST

Ever made one?
No I figured!
Easy to put a coloured tassle on the tail (green or yellow/ chamois).

There was also not 'a piping' colour but several. Different elements of uniform could be red or white. In the case of the chamois collar of voltigeurs, equally could be blue (and is not a mistake- they exist).

Not so easy, as in completely new build, to 'change' the piping all over.
So, again, depending upon year, location and need- red.

Also remember that bonnet-de-police were ordered to be made with worn out cloth- the cut off tails of habit/ surtout, so they should be a paler colour than the rest of uniform parts.
This is simple economics and recycling of materials still having a functional use. The regimental tailor did this work.

The Tyn Man23 Nov 2021 4:54 p.m. PST

Thanks for all the replies. I'm painting some "old" Old Glory Leger and some of the figs do have forge caps. I think I will go with white for the chasseur, yellow for the voltigeurs and of coarse red for the carabinier.


Major Bloodnok25 Nov 2021 1:48 p.m. PST

Would the bonnet-de-police be lighter if made with inside of the coat tails becoming the outside of the bonnet?

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