That painting is most likely from the late 19th century and has no value as a source. The painters of that time were very fond of historical motifs but had little knowledge of historical uniforms and frequently filled the gaps with information from later periods.janner wrote:Of interest on the timing of the introduction of the red/gold Oldenburg sash, a Danish college just sent me this link with a painting of Peder Wessel, a Norwegian-born naval officer, during the GNW:
http://forsvaret.dk/ssg/sotraditioner/d ... fault.aspx
It does not help that the text has not been proofread after it was scanned!janner wrote:I also need to test my Danish with this one:
http://archive.org/stream/dendanskehaer ... g_djvu.txt
It is produced by some software called OCR Optical Character Recognition - not normally very successful with scans of old books, if you want the books download the pdf version (b/w if no pictures) no one is going to pay for someone to proof read and correct all the errors, just maybe in time OCR software will get better.It does not help that the text has not been proofread after it was scanned!
That seems to be Torstein Snorrason's interpretation. Karsten Skjold Petersen on the other hand writes that Livgarde officers had ponceau red coats from 1708 and he does not seem to believe they wore paille coats in the field.janner wrote:On that note, I see many give the officers of the Livgarde tils fods reversed coats. Based on this, http://www.thewaroffice.co.uk/Blenheim/ ... 9-1720.pdf
I'm of a mind that they wore standard coats in the field and only used red coats whilst at court.
The new coats (surtouts) were also double brested. The Livgarde was first to get them (already in 1702) and it was then followed by the Grenadier Corps and the national regiments. Finally all enlisted regiments were ordered to get them in 1707.Churchill wrote:In 1707 the uniform changed throughout the Army, since the cassock and coat were changed to a more modern surtout (single brested coat) and kamisol (vest).