Officer's Mitre Cap 1745

This well preserved cap is exhibited in the Musee de L'Armee, Les Invalides, Paris, apparently captured at Fontenoy in May 1745. It is described as being scarlet velvet with a blue velvet flap on the lower part.The thistles are embroidered in gold as are the outer parts of the roses.The leaves and inner part of the roses are silver. The cross in the middle of the blue circular garter was crimson before it faded. The blue flap has the thistle device described by Sumner for the other ranks' cap. The back of the cap is scarlet with a blue turn-up at the base, and is plain, without embroidery. In wet weather an oilskin cover was used to protect this expensive item.

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