Interestingly, Bertie's Papers (Berkshire Records Office) show the Light Company of the 7th Regiment, Royal Fusiliers recieved 39 LI caps with feathers in 1771, "39 Light Infantry cap-hatts Laced with Tape and Tape bands in 1773, and then 39 more LI caps in 1775. By the prices it is clear that the 1771 order was for leather caps and the later 2 orders were for felt caps. The next time LI caps are ordered, it is in 1777 and they are the same price as the 1775 order, but of a different design.
Bearskin caps are purchased in small numbers (obvously replacements) for the Grenadiers, Fusiliers, Sgts, and Musicians through early 1776. Unlaced hats with white binding and tassles are provided for all the men each year. In 1777, along with the new style LI caps, the regiment ordered cocked hats with white binding, loops and bands. This pattern was repeated until 1780. Clearly, fur caps were used early, but not exclusively; then after the order placed in1777 (shippment was recieved in mid-1778)its fancier cocked hats for everyone but the Light Infantry who were in felt cap-hatts and no fur caps.
This ties in nicely with the other thread about musician cap plates - clearly, as Sherri pointed out with artwork, cocked hats were being worn quite commonly by everyone during the war. :)
--- In Revlist@yahoogroups.com, "donhagist" <dhagist@...> wrote:
Grenadier companies are known to have received cocked hats to wear as an alternative to fur caps, whereas light infantry companies received only caps; and although terminology was in some measure flexible, the "hat" vs. "cap" terminology seems to hold up pretty well in distinguishing cocked hats from the various things worn by members of flank companies.