I notice in illustrations of this unit that the Schabraque rear corners have either a flaming grenade or a crown emblem. Was this related to different periods in the units history ? I’m particularly interested in the 1809-1814 period .peter
One of the best references for Imperial Guard uniforms in addition to Rousselot is Fallou's La Garde Imperiale. The Grenadiers a Cheval are covered on pages 195-211.
Another excellent reference is Edward Ryan's Napoleon's Elite Cavalry which covers the uniforms of the Grenadiers a Cheval, the Chasseurs a Cheval, the Dragoons, and Polish Lancers of the Imperial Guard. The paintings are Rousselot's and clearly show the different uniforms worn by each regiment.
So guys I’m to take it that from 1809-1814 both the campaign AND parade dress shabraques had the crown emblem in the rear corners ? 1815?
From Lucien Rousselot's uniform Plate 23: Grenadiers a Cheval de la Garde 1804-1815:
'The full dress saddle cloth and the holster covers were made from blue cloth piped with red and decorated with two rows of braids the wider of the two on the inside. The rear corners of the saddle cloth were first decorated with grenades of embroidered wool, but from 1808 these were changed to crowns...'
'The undress saddle cloth was always decorated with grenades...'
I forgot to mention that from 1808 only the full parade dress schabraques were decorated with the crown. The undress saddle cloth was always decorated with grenades.
According to Paul Dawson's "Napoleon's gods. The Grenadiers à Cheval", the rear corners of the saddle cloth were first decorated with grenades but from 1808 these were changed to crowns.