Monday, May 16, 2011
Cocked hats appear to be no different. Though the evidence is somewhat circumstancial, an order concerning the hats of the Britsh Army in the late 1780's stipulated that "hatts [sic] are to be in the future, no smaller than 7 inches round and four inches deep in the crown".
Further evidence for sizing comes from the civilian world of this era. A 1789 book, entitled Instructions For Cutting Out Apparel For the Poor (availible for free from google books) wrote that clothing for men was generally ready made in "slop shops" in a few sizes. Further the annoynmous author states that Hats were availble for men in three sizes, ranging from no. 1 (the largest @ 1s. 10p) to no. 3 (smallest @ 1s. 1p.)
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Jamaica, Long Island, 12 Decr 1778
"The British Grenadiers & Light Infantry being cantooned here & always
the fashion in action I applied to be attached to them which was
"The Light Infantry wear a green feather in their Caps & we the
Grenadiers a White one in our Hatts."
[Francis Laye letters (Royal Artillery). National Army Museum mansuscripts 6807-154]