British Army Snr Officer's mess dress 1815

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British Army Snr Officer's mess dress 1815

Postby de Coverley » Thu Dec 11, 2014 9:59 pm

I've been invited to a "Duchess of Richmond's Ball" (wiki; The Duchess of Richmond's ball was held in Brussels on 15 June 1815, the night before the Battle of Quatre Bras, )

What was the dress for a senior officer, did mess dress exist then, ... Would any of the costumieres here like to quote for a tailor made one (Allkit can't help!)



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Re: British Army Snr Officer's mess dress 1815

Postby trooper_d » Fri Dec 12, 2014 1:56 pm

Of the three illustrations to the Wikipedia article (not my favourite source but ...) on the Duchess of Richmond's Ball, this print, dating to 1818, is the most nearly contemporaneous and should give you a start on what would have been worn by British senior officers,

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source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Intelligence_of_the_Battle_of_Ligny.jpg

I have never used them myself but I know people who have used The Cavalry Workshop at Solent Saddlery for this kind of thing.


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Re: British Army Snr Officer's mess dress 1815

Postby wurzul » Sun Dec 14, 2014 7:12 am

For infantry:
The full dress coat (the one with all the embroidery).
White gloves and chapeau bras (hat left at the door.)
White silk breeches and waistcoat (gilt knee buckles).
Black dancing pumps or slippers with gilt buckles.
Sword belt in white with epee (to be left at the door.)
The gorget and sash not to be worn off duty (though some are vulgarly beginning to wear the sash socially.)

Regimental mess dress was in its infancy and was only worn in mess.



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Re: British Army Snr Officer's mess dress 1815

Postby Mark Griffin » Thu Jan 29, 2015 3:40 pm

And a fair few officers were in civvies on that occasion and turned up to fight in same. They weren't expecting a call to arms so were in full sartorial rig


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Re: British Army Snr Officer's mess dress 1815

Postby de Coverley » Thu Jan 29, 2015 9:40 pm

Due largely to the cost and the fact that one event in the autumn is already sold out, I shall be in civvies for the other balls.




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