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The French Officer
&
The French Marine

French Office & the French Marine


The rich Fur Trade of France required protection from both hostile Indians and the competing
British. Les Compagnies Frenche de la Marine served in the far flung French fur forts of North America -their
New France. This elegant French Marine Officer would have commanded a fort such as Michilimackinac
or Chartres. He wears a white officer's Justacorps with blue cuffs and gold embroidery and blue wool
French Fly Knee Breeches. His elaborate (but not strictly uniform) Court Weskit is of beautiful silk
brocade, while his ruffled Gentleman's Shirt is of fine Irish linen with a black velvet neck stock. His
stockings are of fine wool and his buckle shoes have red heels. His tricorn is adorned with lace and
marabou feathers. Before you laugh at him as an effeminate fop, make a careful note of his dueling sword
and decorations for bravery. He may wear perfume, but he is a skillfull fighting man.

The enlisted man holding the mirror would be more at home holding a Charleville. Marines, such as he, fought
from Ticonderoga to Conde. He wears a uniform Justacorps of off white and blue over a wool sleeved
Weskit - The Mariner's and blue wool French Fly Knee Breeches. He wears gaiters and clumsy leather shoes
on duty though his preference is Woodland Moccasins. At his waist is a Marine Belly Box with the anchor emblem.
The anchor is repeated on the front of his Paklem or French Fatigue Cap.

 

 

 

 

 

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