Uniform: Is of the 1642-43 issue, as follows.
Green wool soldier's coat lined in a (lighter weight) yellow wool,
and a Monmouth cap (in two styles depending on the soldier type; skullcap
style for pikemen and 'blue-bell' with brim style for musketeers). Buttons
for the coat and breeches (see below) are made of the same wool cloth
covered over bits of leather. Linen shirt, white wool stockings, plus
proper style shoes were also issued. In addition soldiers (and NCO's
- Sgts. and Cpls.) were issued with a soldier's style sword, leather
baldric and scabbard for their sword, and a leather snapsack for belongings
(wool blanket, eat ware & personal items, see below).
Non-issued items worn would be "sadd" or common colored Dutch-slop
style wool breeches (color choice by soldier, as long as it is a muted
dye; buttons as on coat), wood or ceramic eating ware, common colored
wool blanket, and personal items (clay pipe, common cards, dice, etc.).
Optional items being oversocks (either white or off-white, or gray 'rowling'
wool, or heavy white linen boothose types), often worn while on 'campaign',
seemingly for warmth, protection, and/or to make issued shoes fit! Optional
are vegetable tanned brown or buff leather gauntlets, but required for
Armor is optional for pikemen (soldier's choice), but would be a English
pikepot and Corslet (breast/back/tassets, no gorget), all blackened
as per contemporary documentation.
A leather jerkin (inferior buff-coat) is only to be worn for fencing
skirmishing as safety protection by any soldier in lieu of a fencing
jacket hidden under one's uniform.
Pikemen – Ash pikes with steel head/point and cheek pieces.
Musketeers – Matchlock musket (with octagonal-to-round full-size
barrel) with rest, vegetable-tanned brown bandolier of wodden powder
charges, with either a small triangular leather-covered wooden priming
flask or extra large wood priming bottle (charger), plus a leather covered
Sergeant – Clothing was exactly as for soldiers, which is very
apparent from the warrants, plus a silk (100%) tawny-orange sash (no
fringe), steel halberd with red fringe 6-inch long, pikemen's style
helmet (possibly decorated with brass studs), and either pikemen's full
corselet of armor, or officer's style gorget (bigger, possibly with
Lieutenant – Type of clothing at officers' discretion, plus silk
(100%) tawny- orange sash (possibly with fringe), steel partisan with
red 6" fringe, and a steel officer's style gorget with brass studs.
Note: Officers usually wore proper buff coats and possibly additional
armor at their discretion.
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