How To Get Kited Out As 15th Hussar

How To Get Kited Out As 15th Hussar

The Uniform Of A 15th Hussar!

The following is a list of kit worn by members of the 15th Hussars modern day re-enactment unit (and where to find it!). Purchase of kit is expensive and usually is expected to take several years depending on how extensive you want to be. Although everybody loves the elaborate dolman, the basic stable kit is the best place to start as allows you to come along to events without commiting your finances too extensivley before your sure we're the right Regiment for you.

 

Stable Kit

Watering cap Wool cap in blue with red band 15 - 20
Shirt Shirts are very long in the body so that the don't ride up and expose flesh to the weather 25 - 40
Neck Stock Black cotton stock. Excellent for neck support while riding 5 - 10
Overalls Black leather seated for the men and brown for officers 120 - 150
Braces Don't be tempted by the more historically accurate canvas ones, you'll pop all your buttons off the minute we mount up. Go for grey elastic army ones 5
Stable Jacket Worn for stable duties and at training. Also used as "off duty" wear 70 - 85
Waist Coat Blue if worn. During the regency shirts were considered underwear 35 - 45
George Boots and Spurs George Boots are available on Ebay as they are still used today at army mess functions. These are the strongest and most useful spurs "MOD Pattern Spurs" 35 on ebay
Gloves White leather riding gloves 10 - 25
Sword Knot White buff leather 20 - £30
Sword Belt White buff leather with S clip 70 - £80
Sabretache Black leather. 2 belt attachments for the men and 3 for Officers 70 - £100
   

Full Dress Campaign Kit

Fur Cap Depending on period being portrayed 90 - 150
Shako 1812 pattern depending on period being portrayed 100 - 140
Plume 6" white over red feathers 8 - 25
Shirt Shirts are very long in the body so that the don't ride up and expose flesh to the weather 25 - 40
Neck Stock Black cotton stock. Excellent for neck support while riding
Overalls Black leather seated for the men and brown for officers
Braces Grey elastic army type
George Boots and Spurs George Boots are available on Ebay as they are still used today at army mess functions
Dolman Tight fitting braided jacket needs to be a snug fit to ensure the buttons stay done up 295 - 350
Pelisse Fur collered and cuffed jacket worn slung across the shoulder for parades. In winter worn over the stable jacket 350 - 380
Barral Sash Worn over dolman 120 - £160
Cloak Worn over dolman 150 - £170
Sword Belt and Sabretache White leather belt and black sabretache for the men, black or red for officers 60 - £80
Cartouche and Carbine Sling White sling and black cartridge box 120 - £130
Bread Bag White canvas bag used to store your rations. Be sure to get one with an adjustable shoulder strap 15 - 25
Water Bottle 4 pint blue wooden bottle. Make sure the leather strap is very adjustable as this can flap around terribly when cantering £45 - £80
     

Evening Mess Wear

Shirt Shirts are very long in the body so that the don't ride up and expose flesh to the weather
Neck Stock White "mess" stock may be worn 10 - £20
White Ducks White cotton or moleskin breeches 60 - £70
Braces Grey elastic army type
Waist Coat Normally blue, red for officers
Barral Sash Worn over dolman or waist coat if worn
Pelisse Slug over shoulder
Hesse Boots In the absence of hussar hesse boots long riding boots may be worn
Spurs Army swan neck type

 

Light Cavalry Side Arms

The basic requirement is a sabre, you can purchase the others if you wish

Side Arms

Sabre 1796 Light Cavalry Sabre 120 - £210
Pistols 2 New Land Pattern flintlock or the older Elliot pattern flintlock pistol 150 - £250
Carbine Two types are commonly available today and either will be suitable. The 1796 Pattern Heavy Dragoon Carbine or The Elliot Light Dragoon Carbine 275 - £380
   

 

Kit for the horse

Listed below is most of the kit for the horse. As with the uniform this can be purchased over time. Check out an image of all the horse kit here.

Horse Furniture

Bridle Strong light cavalry bridle in dark brown including leather head collar, double reins and lead rope 150 - £250
Bit Military 5.5 inch reversible straight bar with curb chain. If you can source one a military "S" curb bit with bridoon 10 - £40
Saddle 1908 Army UP Saddle or 1803 Hussars Saddle if you can source one 250 - £350
Saddle Blankets 2 or 3 army blankets or UP saddle blanket (£50 - £70 if you can source one) 10 - £20
Sheep Skin Sheep skin saddle cover. Used to improve rider comfort and as a pillow in bivouac 60 - £80
Girth Keep 3 or 4 of various sizes to fit as many horses as possible 10 - £30
Y strap sircingle Used to keep the saddle from moving while on the march and securing blankets at night on the lines. Brown leather. 60 - £90
Stirrups Period light cavalry oval type 30 - £50
Stirrup leathers Brown leather army pattern 40 - £60
Breastplate Brown leather light cavalry type 50 - £60
Cloak Attached to the front the saddle with brown leather luggage straps 150 - £170
Valaise Blue wool luggage roll attached with leather straps to the back of the saddle. Has the regimental identification "XVLD" on either end 50 - £90
Shabraque Blue wool with red edging for full dress duties (extra) 180 - £275
Pistol holsters Made from dark brown leather and attached under the cloak (extra) 180 - £225
Carbine boot Made from dark brown leather and attached on the right of the saddle (extra) 40 - £50
Spare horse shoe case Made from dark brown leather and attached on the left rear of the saddle (extra) 20 - £40
Grooming Kit Any non-modern brushes and a foot pick £20
Hay net Wool string net if possible or black one from tack shop £5
Canvas Bucket White canvas water bucket £10
     

Camp Equipment

Keep the living history accurate with a few comfort tips!

Camp Equipment

Army cote/bed Wooden framed canvas army bed. Can be found on Ebay 20 - £60
Army blankets Plain gray ex-army blankets 10 - £30
Sleeping bag To be hidden from view at all times 20 - £40
Blue troopers box Wooden blue box with name, troop and regimental identification. Used to store personal belongings 12 - £30
Canvas army kit bag Used to store kit during transportation - much better than modern luggage containers 5 - £8
Mess tin D pattern cavalry mess tin. A wooden or tin plate will suffice in the short term 8 - £12
Tin cup Used for all drinks including the rum ration! 5 - £12
Knife fork and spoon Any plain and old looking will do 10 - £20
Candles Any plain looking ones 1.50
   

Where to get your kit - 15th Recommended

The Captains Mistress - Sara Elms and Geoff Potts

Suppliers of a whole range of Regency wear and leather work (other soldiers kit also available). Well made, historically accurate and hand stitched from the very best grades of fabric - well worth the wait!

Contacts details: www.thecaptainsmistress.com

Fichu - Historical Clothing and Uniforms

Supplier of mens and women's clothing and uniforms 1600-1900. Specialist in Napoleonic era uniforms. Clients include, Shakespeare's Globe, BBC, 15th Hussars, Xeme Escadron, 95th Rifles 2nd Battalion, KGL, University Arts et Metiers, History Horse, Guard Artillery and many others. As a member of the regiment, Natalie knows just how to get your 15th Hussars uniform fitted perfectly, historically accurate and at a good price.

Contacts details: garbett79@btconnect.com

The Horse Master - John Maddocks

Supplies all cavalry kit from horse furniture to Dragoons leather work. Well made kit and delivers very very quickly.

Contacts details: thehorsemaster@hotmail.com

The Cavalry Workshop - John Norris

Horse furniture, leather work and all uniform items supplied. Fast turn around and delivery. John is not a part of the 15th so charges a normal commercial fee for his excellent work.

Contacts details: www.cavalryworkshop.com

Stitch in Time

Also does mess tins, box spurs, hesse boots, shakos, personal leather equipment (cartouches and the like) , plumes, cap lines, rollers and other stuff.

Contacts details: www.napoleonic-uniforms.co.uk

Born 2 Late

Cartouches, sabretaches, bridles, reins, and breastplates.

Contacts details: www.born2late.co.uk/Napoleonic-Equipment.html

Suppliers Of Side Arms

The Sutlers Stores

Supplies a reasonable sword for the money.

Contacts details: www.sutlers.co.uk

Military Heritage

Supplies most black powder muskets and swords. Canadian company so our pounds go along way at the moment.

Contacts details: www.militaryheritage.com

Albion Small Arms

Supplies most black powder muskets and swords. Canadian company so our pounds go along way at the moment.

Contacts details: www.albionsmallarms.co.uk

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