Grenadier 1751


By 1751 more reliable evidence of the uniform came from David Morier's series in which he painted the uniform of the grenadiers of each regiment. The Fusiliers had a grenadier company by this time but it is not clear if there were differences in the uniform. An indication that this man is a grenadier as opposed to a fusilier is that he has a match case attached to his cartouche belt to hold the lighted fuse to ignite the grenade. Ammunition for his fusil would be kept in the pouch on the front of his waistbelt. The jacket is buttoned over but the lapels could be folded back as in the 1742 illustration. The white lace now has a straight blue stripe. Underneath the coat is a red waistcoat. The mitre cap is different in that the badge is the garter with a rose in the middle and the Georgian crown above. The rose in this case is a 'slipped' rose, meaning that it has a stalk and leaves, not the Tudor Rose of later badges. His waistbelt also supports a bayonet and sword, the latter of which was abolished for grenadiers in 1784 and earlier for other infantry.


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by Stephen Luscombe