Naval CFNA Uniform Requirements
"CROWN FORCES NORTH AMERICA"
Please Inform your members
I am ordered to forward
L. Lozon ~ AdC
Uniform Requirements (Revised)
Crown Forces North America
Update of 30 September 2009
Officers to satisfy the Dress Regulations for the Royal Navy or Provincial Marine as desired between the chronological brackets of 1792-1815. Royal Marine infantry or artillery, and officers of infantry regiments serving as marines, to be governed by their own unit regulations.
As per officers, with respect to dress of Warrant Officers, 1792-1815.
As no official uniform existed for the Royal Navy and Provincial Marine for this period, the following choices are suggested as guidelines to an historically possible appearance.
Round hats, painted or left felt, plain or with painted device, ship's name, or ribbon ("tally") bearing same in white, gilt or yellow paint/stitching; "tarpot" painted canvas low-crown hats, decorated as per round hats or left plain; wool stocking caps, various colours; fur cap; straw hats, natural or painted, with "tally" or without; bandana, knotted at rear, of non-modern design; or bareheaded.
Plain, striped or checked shirt, 18th or early 19th C. pattern, worn `close up' at the neck or open with loosely-knotted neck scarf.
Black, red (colours known to have been worn) or other plain colour, including patterned ones similar to bandana. Worn `close up' around throat and knotted in front, or loosely and finished with square knot.
Single or double breasted, with collar or without, cut square across at the waist, in red (preferred) or other plain colour, with flat brass fouled-anchor buttons, or plain brass, pewter, horn or wooden buttons.
The predominant colour should be blue, but can be of varying depth although darker blue was commonest by 1812-1815. Brown, grey and green jackets were also seen. Cut can be anything from a hip-length sleeved wool waistcoat of essentially 18th Century pattern, single-breasted, blue lined with white, through to a plain blue wool jacket almost identical to a soldier's coat, with high standing collar and sleeves to the first knuckle, and double-breasted. The double-breasted feature allowed warm closure in foul weather. Linings should be white. Buttons should be (first choice) flat brass with a fouled anchor pattern, but may be pewter (of varying patterns although the 18th Century Marine button, with a fouled anchor design, would work well), wood, or bone. A `domed' button should not be worn.
Drop-front trousers in cotton duck, plain white or dark blue, or with vertical stripes in red, blue, or green, with drawstring adjustment at back of waistband and fastened with buttons as per waistcoat. Can be supported by suspenders under the waistcoat.
All belting to be of black leather, and closed with brass or steel (non-polished) buckles.
Simple, plain seaman's knife without crossguard. Carried in an enclosing sheath of leather or stitched canvas, and fitted with a lanyard of line (e.g. tarred marline) to prevent it falling from aloft.
Plain colour or striped cotton or woolen hose.
Black shoes of period pattern, fastened with brass or steel period buckles, or tied with lacing. Shoes worn ashore to be leather heeled and soled. Shoes worn at sea (recommended) to have thin rubber sole, and rubber heels, affixed.
Foul Weather Gear:
Individuals to eventually make/ pursue acquisition of handmade black-painted canvas smocks and/or storm coats, the latter with cape shoulders, fastened with pewter, horn or wooden buttons, or with ties.. Interim usage of brown oiled "Drizabone" Australian-type cape-shoulder drover's coats (full length) accepted.
Personal kit and Facial Hair:
Seamen rarely wore infantry-style haversacks, deriding them as marks of the soldier. Their usefulness, however, suggests they can be carried by Naval Establishment personnel in ashore circumstances, but not worn at sea (a small personal seabag is preferred when serving in a boat or aboard a larger vessel, stowed out of the way). Haversacks should, if possible, be decorated with nautical motifs and sayings to distinguish them from soldier's kit (no offense intended to John Lobster).
Beards and moustaches were not worn in 1792-1815 except by certain troops ashore. A recommended appearance is clean-shaven, with sideburns to the bottom of the ear, and hair worn either in a queue or cut to the collar.
Yours with great Regard
Commodore pro tem
Crown Forces North America
GOD SAVE THE KING.