by Ben Townsend
06 Feb 2018, 19:02
Forum: General Forum
Topic: James Briggs, 2nd Batt. 95th Reg. Foot Waterloo medal up for Auction
Replies: 2
Views: 45

Re: James Briggs, 2nd Batt. 95th Reg. Foot Waterloo medal up for Auction

Wow. What a service record. Light cavalry and light infantry! Can you copy him into, 'Riflemen who served' in the research archive please?
by Ben Townsend
18 Dec 2017, 11:26
Forum: General Forum
Topic: In search of the "Belgic"
Replies: 328
Views: 110.0K

Re: In search of the "Belgic"

Yes please Eddie. If it helps, I went and examined the information on the pattern caps that were in the Royal Collection prior to being destroyed in the Tower fire. I'm not sure it adds much to the JSAHR article except for correcting a few typos ( and probably introducing some of my own. But its the...
by Ben Townsend
11 Dec 2017, 08:55
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Yet another 95th rifles button from Denmark
Replies: 8
Views: 2.1K

Re: Yet another 95th rifles button from Denmark

Hi all. Last year (October 2015) I posted a 95th rifles button found with metal detector in Denmark and you were all very helpful regarding information on known buttons. As it happens, I was lucky enough to find another one yesterday. It's from the same farm but around 250 meters from the first one...
by Ben Townsend
06 Dec 2017, 09:25
Forum: General Forum
Topic: In search of the "Belgic"
Replies: 328
Views: 110.0K

Re: In search of the "Belgic"

Its a Frankenstein's monster cap, assembled from various old components and priced just expensive enough to attract the casual buyer, while being too cheap for the real thing at retail price. This seller has rather a lot of this sort of creation moving through his shop. Its frustrating, because some...
by Ben Townsend
05 Sep 2017, 07:43
Forum: General Forum
Topic: John Baird 1820 — for the attenion of Kieran Hazzard
Replies: 1
Views: 321

Re: John Baird 1820 — for the attenion of Kieran Hazzard

Hi Murray,
I have passed the message on to Kieran, who will be in touch.
Cheers, Ben
by Ben Townsend
18 Jul 2017, 06:41
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Hypothesis regarding Trousers / Pantaloons
Replies: 24
Views: 4.2K

<t>I suppose that's why The Tailor's Instructor favours the term, 'breeches without the accustomed seams' to 'seamless breeches'. One term is accurate, and the other has the ring of an advertising slogan. If you look at the two pictures from Rigimentals above, you will see some of the piecing he des...
by Ben Townsend
23 Jun 2017, 13:40
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Hypothesis regarding Trousers / Pantaloons
Replies: 24
Views: 4.2K

Yup. The text in the book talks of 'scarlet stockin pantaloons'.

Looking at 1790s, Trowsers seem to have been in vogue in London, the pantaloon comes into its own around 1800, and then bows to Trowsers again c.1812.
by Ben Townsend
20 Jun 2017, 12:18
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Hypothesis regarding Trousers / Pantaloons
Replies: 24
Views: 4.2K

<t>Just to muddy the waters further, I was looking through the excellent book on Louis Bazalguette (one of Prinny's tailors from 1780-90s) by his descendent, Charles Bazalguette. Louis ONLY talks of breeches and trowsers. I have found only one mention of pantaloons in the tailor's accounts reproduce...
by Ben Townsend
18 Jun 2017, 15:21
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Hypothesis regarding Trousers / Pantaloons
Replies: 24
Views: 4.2K

<r><QUOTE><s>[quote]</s>Trousers/Trowsers may well serve as an umbrella term for all legwear which is cut at, or in the near vicinity of the ankle. With this also comes the probable stipulation that the cuff of the trouser is closed (the wearer is able to remove the garment without suffering the nee...
by Ben Townsend
16 Jun 2017, 09:21
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Hypothesis regarding Trousers / Pantaloons
Replies: 24
Views: 4.2K

<t>For military pantaloons and Trowsers in this period, I'm beginning to think the fit over the knee is more important than the cuff. The length of pantaloons differs from two inches below the knee (almost breeches), to full length, and sometimes they even come with strapping under the foot. Civilia...