Re: Tait Jacket Shoulder Straps
Hi all and many thanks to Brian for this fascinating link.
Looking at the cloth lining underneath the straps (i.e representing the colour of the main body of the jacket) - does anyone think it's quite a light grey-blue colour? I know there has been some debate as to the colour of 'Tait' jackets - i.e on the re-enacting front that CC's K1 kersey is too light for instance and that re-enactors should aim for a darker blue-grey for a more true representaion of a Tait jacket. The Gouge etc jackets with piped shoulder straps look quite dark, the Pendleton looks to my eye a little lighter and more blue. I have seen a picture of the Maryland Tait (blue collar, no shoulder straps) - the jacket looks quite a dark blue-grey (the collar is an amazing electric blue despite it's age). The colour under these straps seems more of a lighter grey-blue. Of course I've only ever seen pictures, side by side comparisons in natural daylight might tell a different story, also cloth may age differently depending on the storage circumstances (exposure to sunlight etc) over time. Nevertheless, has anyone with better access to the 'real thing' noticed noticeable variations in the colour of Tait jackets?
The reason I ask this is that I believe there is a school of thought that the 'Tait' jackets may not have all been made by Tait, rather there was an approved pattern/ style provided to UK/ Irish manufacturers by CS agents, Tait made some, other manufacturers may have made some too. (I've often been puzzled by the seemingly pointless variants of Tait type jackets (straps, no straps, piped, faced) in such a short period of time - if they were produced by one factory). This is referred to in the book "Peter Tait: A Remarkable Story" by his descendant John E Waite - he says that a Tait jacket should only be referred to as such if it has Tait buttons period attached, even if it looks like one! To be fair, the main thrust of the book is the larger picture of Peter Tait's life - he doesn't concentrate on the CS uniforms aspect and it isn't clear what he bases this assertion on (which doesn't mean it might not be in his unpublished research...). Interested in any thoughts on this. Also looking at the Fort Mahone dead Confederate picture on the LOC website (captioned as a Federal here! - and CS on another pic of the same soldier):-
I have often thought that the jacket colour (of a Tait type jacket with red trim according to the original caption) in this period photograph was quite light looking in terms of shade. I understand from an e-mail I received from Chas Childs that there is a Tait type jacket of this variation (red collar and shoulder straps) in a private collection in Virginia - has anyone seen it in order to comment on the shade of the main jacket body...?
Paul Jonsson (England, UK)