British Infantry Uniforms of the 19th Century: #2

2. The Rifle Brigade

“A rifleman, 1808. This famous corps was formed in the year 1800 from men selected from fourteen regiments. In 1802 it was brought into line as the 85th (Rifles) Regiment. After Waterloo, for its brilliant service, it was given the title of ‘The Rifle Brigade’.”

Number 2 of 25 from “British Uniforms of the 19th Century” – a cigarette card series issued by manufacturer Amalgamated Tobacco (Mills).

4 thoughts on “British Infantry Uniforms of the 19th Century: #2

    1. I think you’re right on the second point, Bill. Being able to look at the card itself it seems clearer to me that the white is just reflective light on black leather. Nice illustration, though. I wonder who ‘K’ is, I’ve not been able to find any information on him/her,


    1. I must say, very well spotted indeed! Yes, it has been repeated verbatim from the card which erroneously says the 85th not the 95th, and I’ve repeated it ‘warts and all’.


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