British Infantry Uniforms of the 19th Century: #8

8. The Coldstream Guards

“The Coldstream Guards Regiment was formed in 1650 as a unit of the Commonwealth Army. It was the only Regiment of the Parliamentary Army that was not disbanded at the Restoration in 1660. The illustration shows the uniform worn by Sergeants in 1832.”

Number 8 of 25 from “British Uniforms of the 19th Century” – a cigarette card series issued by manufacturer Amalgamated Tobacco (Mills).

Featured Figures: The Coldstream Guards (Crimean War)

The prime purpose of this blog was originally painting figures rather than military history, but it seems that museum visits and assorted militaria has taken up the bulk of posts lately. So, I thought it maybe about time to show some figures that I’ve been working on these past couple of weeks or so.

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The Coldstream Guards, Crimea, 1854.

And it’s another set by Strelets. I am continuing to plough through my boxes of figures from this series. This set is named “British Grenadiers in Summer Dress”, which differentiates the other set of guards produced featuring the figures wearing greatcoats. However, Strelets are incorrect because these are not grenadiers, they are guardsmen! They are Coldstream guardsmen, in fact. I can be this specific because the other Guards regiments in the Crimea (the Grenadier Guards and the Scots Fusilier Guards) did not have plumes on the right of their bearskins.

It’s hard work to get these figures looking reasonably OK but I think they are just about worth the effort. I’ve managed to paint about half of the box now and will probably take a break from Strelets for a little bit to do something else. Although, that said, I’ve still got those Royal Louis Regiment figures to finish…

And finally, continuing the trade card theme of late, here are some depictions of the Coldstream Guards that I found, below:

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Regimental Colour and cap badge. Players Cigarettes.