Cpl. Hardage showing the recreated 16th Foote kit as close as we can to the image at right.
Irish School, 16th Foot Officer, Late 1760s
Frederick Buck, Bn Co Officer, 16th Foot, circa 1792
Lt. Frederick Van Cortlandt White
UNIFORMS AND CLOTHING1. Regimentals: The regimental is to be made from madder red wool, with yellow facings (lapels) and cuffs. The lace around the buttonholes is particular to the regiment and is ½" wide white worsted, with a bottom red stripe folded to make a red square line.
The buttons have the Arabic numerals "16" in the center and are made of pewter for enlisted soldiers. The flaps on the pocket of the regimentals is to be sewn down. Two shoulder strap to hold the cartridge box sling in place and Bayonet Shoulder Strap.
Contact Unit Commander to get this made.
Source: Sue's Ole Fashion: http://www.suesoldfashions.com/
2. Cocked Hat: The cocked hat is to be made from black wool felt, with white worsted wool tape edging. Black tape should be used to cock the hat. The cockade should be made from black horsehair and sewn down and attached with a regimental button. The point of the hat is to be centered over the left eye when properly worn and cocked.
SOURCE: G. Gedney Godwin Website Link: http://www.gggodwin.com/prod-668.htm
3. Shirt: The shirt was made from white linen. The shirt is pullover with no placket in the front and attached only at the collar with one button. Gusseted,baggy sleeves were attached at the wrist with a small band with one button per sleeve.
SOURCE: James Townsend and Sons http://jas-townsend.com/18th-century-workshirt-white-linen-p-494.html
4. Neckstock or Silk Roller: The neckstock was made from black horsehair or Black Leather. It is fastened by two brass keepers that attach to the back. It was made to be worn under the collar of the shirt.
SOURCE: Neckstock: G. Gedney Godwin http://www.gggodwin.com/prod-606.htm
5. GaitorTrousers: these are made from off white type of Linen/Cnavas material. Material and Trousers are bought through our Sergeant.
Knee Breeches: White wool knee breeches should be worn. They should be fairly form-fitting with pewter buttons. Also included is the long black canvas gaiters with pewter buttons should be used.
Source: G. Gedney Godwin http://www.gggodwin.com/prod-586.htm
Sue's Ole Fashion http://www.suesoldfashions.com/
6. Shoes: Proper 18th century leather shoes with buckles are required for a soldier’s impression in the 16th. The uppers of the shoes should be well constructed of heavy leather with somewhat squared toes. Likewise the soles of the shoes should be made of heavy leather. Plain brass buckles are best for an enlisted man’s impression.
SOURCE: G. Gedney Godwin or James Townsend and Sons
7. Waistcoat: Waistcoats or vests are to be worn under the regimentals. They are to be of white wool (not natural white or buff colored). Small regimental pewter buttons along the front. They should not have collars and should have two outside pockets without flaps on the front.
SOURCE: G. Gedney Godwin http://www.gggodwin.com/prod-593.htm
Sue's Ole Fashion http://www.suesoldfashions.com/
They were issued when the regiment went out on campaign to carry rations and food for the march. They are made form natural or white linen , with a straight edged flap held with three pewter buttons and the GR symbol. The haversack should be worn fairly high up on the hip and to achieve the proper look.
SOURCE: Roy Najecki http://www.najecki.com/repro/Haversack.html
2. Canteen: British Army canteens of the period were of two types: the kidney shaped canteen (first used in the French and Indian War) and the half-moon style. Either style is acceptable. The strap should be a hemp cord and not the white cotton cording that is used frequently among sutlers and vendors.
SOURCE: Source: G. Gedeny Godwin http://www.gggodwin.com/prod-949.htm
3. Cartridge Pouch and Strap
There is no one pattern issued to the whole army – each regimental agent purchased a standard pouch for that regiment as dictated by the wishes of the colonel. Our unit uses the British Battalion Box with the white buff leather strap.
BOX SOURCE: G. Gedeny Godwin http://www.gggodwin.com/prod-129.htm
This was just the waistbelt that was reconfigured to go over the shoulder, with a sliding separate bayonet frog and regimental buckle. The bayonet carriage should be made of buff leather. The bayonet scabbard should be made of black leather with a small brass tip on the end.
SOURCE: G. Gedeny Godwin http://www.gggodwin.com/prod-193.htm
5. Knapsacks or Blanket Rolls
For events where a campaign look is required, a blanket roll or tumpline may be used in lieu of a knapsack.
The 1st or 2nd Model Brown Bess. This should have the White Buff Musket Sling. When ordering your musket be sure to get a bayonet fitted for your musket.
Source: Loyalist Arms: http://www.loyalistarms.freeservers.com/shortland2ndmodel.htm
Wedge Tent: The standard tent for members of the 16th Foot is the "Wedge" or "Common" tent. The term "A-Frame" is a modern term and not in use for our period. While sizes vary, most wedge tents for the infantry were approximately 6’ wide, 7’ long, and 6’2" high. Upright poles and ridge pole should be made of wood painted rust red or "Palace Arms Red". Tent stakes were usually made of wood, but metal is okay.
Source: James Towensend http://jas-townsend.com/bell-back-tent-p-51.html
8. YELLOW WOOL , LACE AND BUTTONS:
For yellow wool, the unit commnder has it. The Lace and buttons you will buy 41 Large (.92 the enlisted mans buttons) "16" buttons. 40 for your coat and one for your cocked hat. Then you will buy between 15 small "16" buttons for your waistcoat. Then you will buy 12 yards of Bottom - red edge stripe lace.
Source for Lace and Buttons: