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The French

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Edited: Oct 28, 2014, 11:07am

I found this interesting. These are photos of French veterans of the Napoleonic Wars taken in the late 1850s, when they were old men. Can anyone tell if any of these are naval uniforms?

Oct 28, 2014, 11:46am

None look to be naval, but fascinating all the same.

Edited: Oct 28, 2014, 1:51pm

If you look closely, it gives the regiment or rank for most of them.

Naval wear at that time would have been cocked hats for officers; short jackets and flat, round hats for ratings. And a lot less bling-bling than cavalry uniforms. I have a vague idea that the official uniforms in the napoleonic French navy were blue with red trim, but in those days they probably wore whatever they could get. The Royal Navy only introduced uniforms for officers in 1748 (according to Prof. Rodger), and for ratings some time in the mid-19th century. I think the revolutionary French were a bit more militaristic about the way they ran their navy, but most of the time, seamen would probably have seen themselves as seamen, not as naval ratings, and dressed accordingly.

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