Re: 1812 Announcement
- In a message dated 4/3/2009 4:00:37 PM Central Daylight Time,
I have a copy of a miniature of Frederick Bligh of
the 41st, who retired in 1856 with the rank of Captain (Brevet Major).
In the painting he is wearing the collar badges of rank of a Lieutenant
Colonel. Go figure.
Ah Ray, this is one I can tell you about. Collar rank was very strange in
that, with only two badges to use, in order to determine rank one must also look
at the gold lace edging of the collar. All collars were laced around the
front and collar but field officers also had lace on the bottom of the collar so
junior officers, with no lace on the bottom:
Ensign/ 2nd Lt. a single Bath star (pip)
Lieutenant a single crown
Captain a star and crown
Field officers, with lace at the bottom of the collar:
Major a single Bath star (pip)
Lt. Colonel a single crown
Colonel a star and crown
So he is probably corectly badged for a captain. It was only when the rank
badges were moved to the shoulder straps/cords that 3 'pips' became the badges
for a captain.
The other situation seems most strange although if Shortt had a higher army
rank than his regimental rank he would certainly be allowed to wear that rank
with his regimentals.
Another posibility is that if he reached that rank later in life he might
have had the artist go back and 'update' his picture. I have seen this done on
the portrait of the French General Rapp in the museum at Colmar. He is
depicted in the late revolutionary/early Imperial generals uniform with red collar
and cuffs but has all of his orders and decorations including those of
Royalist France post 1815!
Have you had a look at the picture under a black light?
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> >> > All joking aside, I cannot think of a more refined and knowledgeableDear CaptainColonelMajorCaptain Hobbs AdeC,
> > re-enactor for the job .
> >See what I mean about him being knowledgeable, folks?
>>Thank you Sir for elucidating the fuzzification!
MCpl '76/Capt '89/A/Maj '03/ Ret'd '06 CF Reserve
Playing a grunt Infantry Pioneer and Haberdasher to those of refined taste.
Royal Scots Grens