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18th Century Military Uniforms & Accessories, Equipment and Weapons

A collection of images related to partial and/or complete original and replica 18th Century military uniforms, head wear, uniform accessories (including head wear, royal and military orders & decorations) , swords and firearms. (The collection of all Napoleonic Era militaria is contained in a separate album devoted to that era).

Other rank’s coat, 1st Foot Guards, c. 1773. Surviving uniforms from the 18th century are rare, and those of ordinary soldiers are even rarer. This is one of two identical uniform coats, held in the National Army Museum and the Snowshill Wade Costume Collection, the circumstances of whose creation and the reason for their preservation are unknown.Tumblr

1760P Scottish 42nd Regiment / Black Watch Officer's Broadsword, older blade.

18th century grenadier cap. The design on this velvet embroidered grenadier cap depicts the arms of Sir John Hobart, Earl of Buckinghamshire, who was Lord Lieutenant of the County of Norfolk. He raised the Norwich Artillery Company in January 1746 for the defence of the City against possible invasion during the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745-1746.

1780 British Light company officer's helmet at the National Army Museum, London - From the curators' comments: "Light companies tended to consist of the fastest and most agile soldiers of a regiment. In 1771 a light company was added to every British infantry battalion. The leather helmet which light company soldiers wore was practical and lightweight, but still strong enough to protect the wearer from sword and tomahawk blows."

Back of the royal marine's coat.

Royal Navy Uniforms: Extant Garments Album

Recruiting poster for the 88th Regiment of Foot, 1780 (c). The American War of Independence (1775-1783) made enormous demands on British Army manpower and several new units were formed, including the 88th Regiment of Foot, raised in Worcestershire in October 1779 by Colonel Thomas Keating. After service in the Caribbean the regiment returned to England and was disbanded in 1783. Also known as The Connaught Rangers.

These are 1796 light cavalry sabers. In addition to being totally awesome pieces of 216 year old history, they are also totally awesome weapons which are still in good working order, 200 plus years later.

Swords and Pistols Gallery of Swords

An officer's sword of Her Majesty's Coldstream Regiment of Foot Guards, dating: 18th Century.

1776 Wool Uniforme Coat- National Trust Inventory 1350644 - Snowshill Wade collection Glouchestershire

Uniform coatee 1350644 | National Trust Collections

Eli Dagworthy’s Redcoat 1768 - Madder Red wool with yellow facings - 44th regiment of foot - Lent by the Dumbarton House / The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America Washington DC

The Price of Freedom: Eli Dagworthy’s Redcoat

Royal Marines dress coat, England, 1782, brass, linen, metal thread, wool. Worn by Major General Arthur Tooker Collins (1718-93). Constructed of red wool with cuffs & lapels faced with blue. The buttonholes are of embroidered metal thread & the cast brass buttons are stamped with a laurel wreath enclosing a crossed sword & baton. The skirts could be turned back, so the white lining of the coat created a contrast against the red wool of the skirts, and secured by means of hook and eye fasteners.

Royal Marines uniform: pattern 1782 - National Maritime Museum

A composite grenadier's bearskin mitre cap in the Austrian style of the mid-18th century.

BRITISH CONSUL'S WOOL COAT & LEATHER BREECHES, 1794 Red broadcloth cutaway coat, high stand collar, silver bullion embroidery, gold etched buttons w/ Brittania insignia, Ch 40", L 47"; tan buckskin britches, fall front, below-knee length, back laces, self-covered buttons, W 32", Inseam 18"; excellent. Provenance Thomas McDonnough, first British Consul to New England. Augusta Auctions

General Officer's Uniform, worn by Ebenezer Stevens (1751-1823), who participated in the Boston tea party in 1773 and rose to rank of General during the Revolution. Wool, silk, metal, 1790-1820. Gift of Frederic Gallatin, 1889. NYHS Object Number INV.11350a-d.

Two bicorne hats in tins and two gentlemen's court outfits One early-mid 19th century bicorne by Moore, of (very worn) deep plush, with gold coloured metal braid and wire trimmings, within a tin inscribed 'The Hon. A.C. Legge'; another bicorne hat by Cater & Co., enclosed in a tin with a plume of red and white feathers

Naval Hat, England, c.1748, brass, cotton, gold alloy, silk, beaver felt. By mid-18th century, the hat was generally carried under the arm to avoid the displacement of wigs & hair powder. This example of a three-cornered hat is of a type of felt called 'half-beaver' that was made by adding beaver hair to felt. The edges are bound in silver lace & the cockade is of black silk/cotton blend. The gold lace loop & button are of a later date. Hats were not mentioned in uniform regulations until 1795.

Royal Naval uniform - National Maritime Museum
  • Jeffrey Bavis

    I find it interesting that this hat is cocked more in a style of the American Rev-War period rather than the more triangular shape that, to my understanding, was more the norm in the mid-18th Century.