By W. Y. F.S.A, F.R. Hist. S. Carman
Afine learn of British army dress.
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Venetians' was the name given to the newly introduced breeches which came down to the knee and although named after the place of origin, were made in England. The old style of long stockings or trunk hose had given away to a new fashion when cannons or canions were introduced these were of cloth or material and came from the base of the trunk hose to part way down the thigh. They would have been worn by officers, but the Venetians were common garments and worn by all. To return to the levy, they also had white kersey stockings and shoes with large ties.
The order stated that 'for their apparell yt shal be convenient that you see them furnished of redd clokes, lined, without sleeves and of length to the knees, dubletts, hose, hatts, boots and all other necessaire apparell for their bodies'. Such items as weapons and armour were regulated not only by Royal decree but by the needs of the various companies and associations of manufacturers who sought to protect their own craft. Thus a proclamation of 1580 repeated an order of 1566 which forbade swords to be longer than one and a quarter yards or daggers more than twelve inches.
The costume is in the main simple but sufficiendy embellished as to make it luxurious and striking. The King wears a simple cuirass without inlay or embossing, thus being eminently practical. A helmet with a spray of white ostrich feathers in placed behind him but one wonders if it is included only for effect, as mentions are made of the King's hat being used in warfare. Under his cuirass is a buff coat, the STUARTS (PART i)— JAMES I TO JAMES II of which are ornamented with gold lace; the sleeves are made of a soft grey material which would permit freedom of movement denied by leather sleeves.