Authenticity is a journey that
never realistically ends. There is always something to
improve, something to do better, and it is by always striving that we
benefit with knowledge and experience. That being said, there
are some guidelines that members of the 35th Regiment of Foot,
Grenadier Company, need to adhere to. Some members are in
varying states of compliance as they work out their impression and get
themselves together. Below is the ideal to which men and
women should strive.
Facial hair. Not
popular in the 18th Century and it does not look very good with the
uniform, either. Tame sideburns up to ear-length are
acceptable, but beards and mustaches are forbidden.
clothes need to fit properly to look right. This means
spatterdashes and gaiters need to fit snugly, breeches should be fitted
as well. Your belts and straps must not be gangly and horrid
but close and secure. Cartridge pouches, haversacks, and
canteens should sit well up on the hip, not absurdly bouncing
on the buttocks. We want you to look like a grenadier, not a
Hair. Soldiers' hair
is a flexible issue, though long is preferred. Research has
shown that many times it was worn short, even an inch in length, for
hygenic and practical purposes on campaign. Soldiers may also
wear their hair long in a queue (braid) tucked into their bearskins.
If you do not have hair but wish you did, a wig or even a
false queue is a good thing to have. Be sure to size your
When on public display or in a battle reenactment, always
observe proper courtesies, especially with the Colours. This
is firstly to present an authentic image, but also to strengthen the
impression and a sense of espirit de corps.
Refer to the Ladies Committee for now.