Grenadiers of the early
and late parts of the SYW. This was a yellow faced regiment with
yellow buttons. This creates a painting problem with the drummer –
they wore reversed colours so had yellow coats laced in yellow!
The Saxons system was
to use a particular facing colour for two regiments and to give one
regiment yellow buttons and the other one white. But in the case of
the facing colour, pale blue, three regiments used this. In the early
period this did not matter as Kurprincessen was a grenadier regiment
and all its ranks wore the mitre (white buttons) and it was easily
Prinz Gotha Regiment,
which also had white buttons, but whose rankers all wore the
But between 1757 and
1761 Kurprincessen all were forced to wear the tricorne (the mitres
had been lost at Pirna), and then later in 1761 they were all given
lapels on their coats and bearskins. This created a problem
distinguishing grenadiers of Kurpincessen with those of Prinz Gotha.
The Saxon solution (in 1761) was to give the grenadiers of
Kurpincessen medium blue lapels and waistcoat while retaining pale
blue cuffs and turnbacks. Confused, I'm not surprised!
At first sight this
regiment does not look Saxon at all but it was raised as a Fusilier
regiment and by that original description it's job was to protect the
artillery. By the SYW it was just another line regiment and had lost
it's previous specific role. But if you look at the uniform of the
Saxon artillery you will see that this regiment had essentially the
same uniform with the exception that the artillery had gold/brass
buttons and Rochow probably had silver/pewter ones.
There is confusion
about the button colour but I stick to the theory that this regiment
had white buttons to distinguish it from the artillery.
These pictures show the Saxon Grenadier Garde in their early and late headgear. Interestingly, during the WAS they appear to have had yellow coats with red facings and this appears to have been reversed by the SYW.
Regiment Bruhl was slightly unusual as throughout the war it appears to have had lapels. I have shown it with a dark red although this is conjectural. Note the late-war Grenadiers in bearskins. Also yellow buttons so yellow flag bordering and yellow drummer's lace.
This is the first Battalion of the Queen's Regiment with it's pre-Pirna Grenadiers in mitres. Note that the bordering of the flags should always match the button colour. Kronoskaf is not always consistent in this matter.
Here is another Saxon Infantry Regiment, although I'm only showing you the first battalion. Note the minor uniform change from early war to late war in the second picture - the early war grenadiers wear the mitre and the uniform had no lapels. By the war's end the mitre had been replaced by the bearskin and lapels had been added to the coat. Such is the minutiae of uniforms that is my minor addiction.
Sorry about the absence of posts for a while - I've been on holiday in Thailand. I lived in Bangkok as a child 50 years ago and there have been a few changes since then.