Last Bloom (last_bloom) wrote in regencyclothing,
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Midshipman's uniform for a "squeaker"

Although my son is just learning to walk, I would like to get a jump start on research, etc that will help me create a uniform for a  young midshipman in the Royal Navy circa 1800-1812. Can anyone suggest books, portraits, drawings, original source documents, or patterns that will help me develop a greater understanding of a midshipman's life in the RN as well as guide me in creating an historically appropriate set of garments?

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Not technical at all, but you might enjoy the first series of A&E's "Horatio Hornblower" films. There's a very young midshipman in the first episode.

There's a re-enactor's blog here that might help:

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I love that book! We had a copy of it for about a week at work before someone realized it went to the wrong campus and they had to pry my fingers off of the cover to mail it back. *sigh* I may be remembering incorrectly, but I though the Napoleonic years are sparsely covered? Dang, now I need to find myself a copy!

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I had to laugh when I read this...I think I was just disappointed that there wasn't even more coverage. I guess you can't please everyone all the time ;) I'm still on the hunt for a good used copy.
That lieutenant looks like his real ambition was the Royal Ballet.

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I was going to suggest that. I have a copy, and it's marvelous. She uses 'patterns' as we use them in military orders (e.g. 1787 [or whatever] pattern' refers to the General Orders for uniform pattern, NOT to a tailor's or dressmaker's pattern. The drawings are the 'map' for the details, and they still use similar 'patterns' today'.
Ah ha! The world makes sense again -- thanks for clarifying!
I don't remember where I got this link, but here's some portraits of midshipmen:
Err... just the one. On the left are links to other navy men, too.
Thanks! That is a great portrait, and your link pointed the way to this one:

Lots of portraits of naval men, battles, etc.