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  1. I was wondering why the silk embroidery was done over cardboard cutouts, but then realised it is pretty obvious. The cardboard cutouts provide a stiff template and a standard pattern around which the embroiderer can wrap the thread. Without the card, the embroidery would either pull tight and pucker the wool fabric, or would not retain its shape. It must also have made it easier to standardise the embroidery patterns across the regiment by making dozens or hundreds of cardboard patterns when it was time to make a new run of caps. I have learned something about silk embroidery!
  2. JF42, All of those drawings in the Carman/Fosten article are derived from David Morier's paintings, which now reside in the Queen's collection. The paintings record the uniforms of grenadiers of all(?) the regiments in the British Army, and were apparently commissioned by the Duke of Cumberland. They were completed sometime between 1751-1770. Morier depicted the decorative embroidery (vines?) in various ways, including with fruit and or green leaves. That doesn't necessarily mean that he actually saw the mitre caps from every unit and painted them exactly as they were manufactu
  3. Guys, There seems to be some interest in this grenadier mitre, so I thought I would share my research to date - it will also help me to get it all in one place. Accurate detailed information on grenadier mitre caps is scarce. There are some 18th Century pictureboard dummies and David Morier's paintings, and there are the Royal Clothing warrants and some written records that provide clues. Most of the modern interpretations appear to be derived from Morier's paintings of grenadiers of all the British infantry regiments, which were done sometime between 1751 and
  4. WHITE HORSE OF HANOVER IN SILK EMBROIDERY CARD STOCK BENEATH EMBROIDERY GRENADE EMBROIDERY GARTER GARTER ‘LITTLE FLAP’ CROWN EMBROIDERY Here are the items the conservator removed from the cap. The lace pattern and style should be recognisable. Does anyone have references for 18th C Regimental lace? CONSERVED ARTEFACTS FROM RESTORATION REGIMENTAL WOOL LACE LEMON COLOUR
  6. Guys, I now have the Queens Regiment Mitre in hand and have taken some high-res photos of the mitre and the conserved components that were removed in the restoration by Turner Laughlin & Associates. These photos were taken in natural light so more accurately reflect the colours of the mitre. I have also taken hi-res photos of the lace and soutache material. Note that the conservator removed the original regimental wool lace and the yellow soutache from around the garter and replaced them with new, similar. Material. The original material has all been preserved and could be res
  7. Simon, I don't have the bearskin yet, but I absolutely agree, old things have a unique and unmistakable smell. I have 100+ Imperial German pickelhauben and a couple of hundred other headgear items dating back to the Franco-Prussian War, plus 150 or so WW1 and WW2 uniforms. There is a unique smell, particularly old leather and 100+ year old tobacco smoke residue, that cannot be reproduced. Mike
  8. Here is a better photo of the original 62nd Regiment Drummers Bearskin (top) from the Rifles Museum, compared with the 50th Regt cap (bottom). I have been over these in forensic detail, they are identical down to the mould casting flaws.
  9. Please excuse me for posting another very long block of text, but I now have a complete copy of the conservation record. I only had excerpts before. There are some additional passages that provide the conservator's analysis / theory of how the cap came to be in its current configuration, very interesting. He has considered: - the original card and cane frame had been removed but the imprints and wear from the original frame were evident - the bottom edge of the cap had been folded under and some material 1/2 - 3/4" had been trimmed away, after which a new stiffener and
  10. I have searched the web looking for similar mitres. There are maybe a dozen or so that seem to be recorded, mainly in the National Army Museum, and almost all of which are officer's mitres. This Pinterest board shows those I have found: http://pin.it/xiqMPYl None of them look like the mitres depicted in Moriers paintings. However, this 2nd Regiment Mitre largely matches the 1751 configuration mitre depicted by Morier, except that the upper back section isn't red, and it doesn't have the Regiment number on the rear flap. Indicating post 1727 (when the queens monogram was approved) bu
  11. Here is an original Drummers 1768 Bearskin from 'The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum' (bottom photo). Compared with the subject 1768 Drummers Bearskin (top photo). They appear to be identical, although the subject Bearskin seems to have some black paint or oxidisation on the 'G'. Note also the send 'N' in TERRENT, the left leg of the N is slightly bent on both plates, like in the previous post. It seems that both Drummers bearskins and grenadier bearskins must have been pressed on the same die, and the drums or scrolls added later? Or maybe the original master was used to
  12. I appreciate the input William. If something seems suspect, it gives an area of research to hone in on. Mike
  13. Here is the plate on this mitre compared to another original plate. Look at the ridges in the scrolls, the serifs on the lettering, where the ridges cross the letters. Also look at the bent left leg of the second 'N' in TERRENT. Both are identical. They only differ in that the grenadier plate has the scroll work around the crown and the GR letters are larger and set lower, versus the drums and flags and higher set GR on the drummer cap. I saw some of the reproduction plates on various sites, they are not even remotely close to these. Any views? mike
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