Posts tagged ‘soldier’s coat’

June 12, 2012

A Diary of the Siege of Colchester

Broadsheet printed in June 1648. Like the famous engraving of Naseby, this shows the siege works about the town and lists the forces in action. There are a few details worth picking out.

Here a church to the east has been surrounded with earthworks.

And here are a few regiments formed up on the ground to the west. Pretty close to where the railway line goes now!

On the title plaque there is an interesting selection of musical instruments.

May 15, 2012

Strange, True and Lamentable

Newes from Exceter and other parts of the Western countreyes shewing how cruelly the resolute Cavaliers have dealt with the inhabitants since the departure of that Right Noble Commander the Earl of Stamford. Published in 1643, this almost tabloid sheet accuses the Royalists of several war crimes committed by in the West Country. The images are crude but quite detailed, the woman pictured with her hair astray in petticoat, bodice and apron. The bareheaded soldier beating his victim is ragged but obviously in his soldier’s coat. The poor man being beaten wears the kind of loin cloth often shown on undressed characters in period woodcuts.

May 8, 2012

A Dog’s Elegy

A familiar image from a parliament pamphlet from 1644 which is worth a closer look. Following the royalist defeat at Marston Moor, Prince Rupert’s lost his dog in the ensuing chaos. The dog Boye, a poodle was widely held to be his familiar, the witchcraft implied presumably explaining his military prowess in the war. Notice the musketeer on the right hand side, a rare picture of an English soldier from this period, though oddly he seems to be firing left handed and has his bandolier of charges hanging where a right handed soldier would hang his sword. Good evidence of a coat though and some understated lace decoration down his left leg. The woman on the left, presumably meant to be a witch dressed in bodice (or possibly a waistcoat) and petticoat with an untied coif.

February 27, 2012

Warlike Directions or the Souldier’s Practice

Military manual by Thomas Fisher, printed in 1642. The previous woodcut appears in this book as does this, almost identical image, though this time the musketeer/dragoon is not armed to the teeth. More of the odd ties here which begin to look like points or laces through to the breeches, though the style of his coat is really too late for points. The ghost musket is a bleed through from the next page. It has been suggested that these images are meant to reflect the part time soldiers of the Trayned Bandes of London.

February 27, 2012

Military and Spiritual Motions

……for foote companies, by Captaine Lazarus Howard of Ailsford in Kent. This is the picture on the front page of Captaine Howard’s pamphlet, printed in London,  1645. The musketeer has a plain square cut coat and close fitting breeches with a pot helmet, falling band (darted). He may have been a dragoon as he wears long boots with spurs and boothose. All the accoutrements of a musketeer are present, and a nice example of a matchlock musket.

February 21, 2012

The English Irish Soldier

“With his new Discipline, new armes, old stomach, and new taken pillage, who would rather eate than fight.” Satirical cartoon and broadside from 1641. It’s cartoonish and suggesting that all English soldiers are thieves, but the his coat is spot on, buttons closely spaced all the way down, small shoulder wings and two piece sleeves with turnbacks. Big darted band for a collar.

February 9, 2012

Buried Alive

From Samuel Clarke’s book A Generall Martyrologie 1651. Two poor souls are buried up to their heads to starve. However look at the soldier’s clothes on the two executioners. Plain, simply cut soldier’s coats, narrow breeches, hose and plain shoes. Standard wear in the Civil Wars.

February 8, 2012

Naseby 1645

The famous etching printed for John Partridge. I thought it might be fun to zoom in.

Here’s the baggage train of Parliament, guarded by firelocks.

A cannon crew near the local windmill

And Okey’s dragooners sneaking up on Rupert’s cavalry behind the hedges:

January 17, 2012

1638 Cheapside

The procession of Charles I’s mother in law, Marie de Medici through the city of London in 1638 from a contemporary etching. Spot the soldiers standing foreground right.

January 13, 2012

The Complete Body of the Art Military

by Richard Elton in three volumes. Published in originally in 1650, this is the frontispiece to the 1668 edition, though the clothes worn by the soldiers look much more contemporary to the Civil War or even slightly earlier.

The Musketeer has a nice lacy falling band and showy rosettes lacing up his shoes, a square cut coat with decorative shoulder wings and tightly cut breeches.

The Pikeman is in full armour with a collar ruff, breeches tied below the knee and bows on his shoes. Looks a bit more 1630s than 1660s to my eyes.