SERVICE D'HABILLEMENT

UNIFORMES ET GRANDE ÉQUIPEMENT

Uniform of a Fusilier of the 21e

The 3e Compagnie of the 21e Régiment proudly wears the uniform of the fusilier as described by the 1812 regulations. This is the uniform of Lutzen, Bautzen, Dresden, Leipzig, The Campaign of 1814 in France, and Waterloo. It is possible that the 21e, as part of Davout's Corp, might have wore this uniform in Russia.

Guidelines regarding equipment.

Uniform: Règlement de 1812. Enactment of these regulations covers the period from 1812 to 1815. We can consider the enactment of the regulations to be adhered to by mid 1813. Nevertheless there must have been modifications and items from previous eras that remained in use. Items of concern to a fusiliers uniform:

a. Tenue d'exercise - fusilier en gilet (waistcoat), bonnet de police (pokalem model), la giberne
et banderole (cartridge box and belt), pantalon en toile porté par dessus les guêtres (linen
trousers worn outside the gaiters), guêtres (short gaiters), et le bidon (water bottle).

b. Tenue de service - habite-veste (square bottomed short-tailed coat), le shako de fusilier
(fusilier's model shako), la giberne, pantalon en toile porté par dessus les guêtres, guêtres,
l'havre-sac (backpack) et le bidon.

c. Tenue de route - fusilier en capote porté par dessus le gilet (greatcoat worn over waistcoat,
the habite-veste being rolled-up and carried on top of the backpack), le shako de fusilier
recouvert d'un couvre-shako (fusilier's model shako covered in linen, oilskin or leather
cover), la giberne recouvert d'un couvre-giberne (giberne covered in protective cloth),
pantalon en toile porté par dessus les guêtres, guêtres, l'havre-sac and le bidon .

d. Grande tenue - habite-veste (capote rolled up and on top of backpack), le shako de fusilier,
la giberne, pantalon d'étoffe (wool tricot overalls reaching the ankle worn inside the gaiters,
also long underwear as overalls are un-lined), guêtres, l'havre-sac et le bidon .

e. Musician uniform: Règlement de 1812. Imperial livery.

f. Schako would have eagle plate with 21, tri-color cocarde, chinscales, cockade, and
aurore colored pom-pom (3e Compagnie).

g. Buttons brass with 21 enclosed in wreath.

h. Musket: An IX Charleville, with bayonet.

Necessities for Participation at Events

1. Habit-vest, gilet, or greatcoat

2. Fusil (musket)

3. Giberne and Porte-Giberne(catridge box and belt)

4. Schako or Pokalem (if you do not have eagle plate the shako should be covered in waxed
linen, oilskin or leather cover

5. Overalls, Linen or cotton period trousers

Habit: Indigo blue wool jacket. White (natural) wool plastron and turnbacks. Red wool cuffs and piping. Please contact vendor to discuss necessary measurement details when ordering ready-to-wear uniform jacket. The habit pattern (basic one size, will need to be adjusted) is available from Brigade. Remember when ordering patterns you will need accessories such as buttons and insignia.

 

Left: Sergent-major. Center: Fourrier. Right: Caporal. Soldats have no insignia. Service chevrons are awarded after seven years continous duty.

Gilet: A "natural white" wool jacket, indigo blue wool collar, cuff and epaulettes. Buttons can be wood, horn or metal covered in cloth. Please contact vendor to discuss necessary measurement details when ordering ready-to-wear gilet
 
Shako: Leather and felt cap. Please contact vendor to discuss necessary measurement details when ordering ready-to-wear shako. Cocarde: Leather painted roundel. Chin scales: Leather strap with brass scale cover, should include "star" boss. Eagle Plate: Brass plate with number "21" cut out. Pom-pom: Wool ball or leather-covered disk in aurore (sunset orange).  
Pokalem: Indigo blue wool fatigue cap. Red numerals and piping. Please contact vendor to discuss necessary measurement details when ordering ready-to-wear uniform cap.  
Giberne: Leather cartridge box. (not all manufacturers sell this item with the ornament).

Porte-Giberne:
Buff belt for holding cartridge box and bayonet scabbard. Bayonet: 16.5" overall length with 13" triangular blade.

Bayonet Scabbard:
Leather scabbard, 15.5" long, rounded metal tip, buff belt for attaching scabbard to banderole.

Havresac: Cowhide back pack. Cow hair remains on hide.

 

Charleville An IX Fusil: Flintlock musket modified and employed during the ninth year of the French Revolution. Musket is .69 caliber smoothbore. Weight 9.75 lbs. overall length is 58.875". Musket Sling: Buff musket sling for An IX Charleville.

 

 

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