A number of navy uniforms
were made for the Canadian War Museum for the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the
first siege of the Fortress of Louisbourg. These uniforms were made of
superfine wool from England and gilt metal lace from France. All the visible seams
were handsewn and in every other regard up to museum standards. Cocked hats, coats,
waistcoats, breeches, shirts, stockings, buckled shoes, neck cloths were all supplied.
Detail of Admiral's Coat (24K)
Considerable research went into
the designing of this item. A number of original mitre caps were examined to come up
with the most accurate representation of this significant item to date. Materials consist
of custom dyed wools of the proper weight and weave, woolen tape trimmings with
regimental worm, natural flax linen from Ireland, and heavy felted Icelandic yarn for the
woolen tassel. Each mitre cap is hand sewn and constructed in every detail to match
that of the originals, and is custom-made to the your head size. This item is
perfect for the study or office of any military collector or historian.
Presently mitre caps
for the 40th and 60th are available. However if there is a particular regiment you
are looking for please do not hesitate to enquire.
Image of Mitre Cap (8K)
The brass matchcase
served to hold a smoldering match cord when it was being used to ignite grenades.
When grenades became obsolete, the matchcase remained on the belts of the grenadiers
as an ornament.
Based on two
originals uncovered at the Fortress Louisbourg, the matchcase is made from brass and is
handcrafted by our tinsmith to the proper dimensions. It is completed with a
hand-turned to hardwood plug.
Uniform and Equipment 1751-63
We researched and constructed for
the Canadian War Museum a complete uniform for the 40th Grenadiers as it appeared in 1759.
This included the following:
Mitre cap, neck roller and buckle,
waistcoat, breeches, gaiters, leather tops, coat complete with regimental lace, buff
leather belting complete with proper split and lift stitching, cartridge pouch, wooden
"belly" box with GR cypher stamped in gilt on it, and 1751 pattern hanger.
Contact us for a quotation on any or
all of the above items.
of a 40th Grenadier (11K)
British Other Ranks Pewter Button
Molded from an original, this button is available to you
for $1.05US each