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French habit-veste Bardin 1812

French habit-veste Bardin 1812

French jacket or "habit-veste" introduced by the Bardin regulations of 1812, but actually only distributed in 1813 to the French infantry, as well as to other arms (artillery, dragoons, light horse).

All of these variations can be ordered (including the lancers kurtka) and are priced the same, just specify your arm of service, unit and regiment in the relevant notes.

This is the most accurate and faithful replica of this iconic garment available anywhere, carefully reconstructed from a thorough study of the Bardin regulations, but most importantly from personal first-hand examination of the original habit-vestes preserved at Salon de Provence's Musée de l'Empéri, as well as those displayed at the Musée de l'Armée of Paris. Made of correct quality (weight, texture and finish) wool broadcloth, following the detailed specifications of the 1814 treatise by Dupré-S.te-Maure, lined with woollen serge (cadis) in the tails and natural unbleached linen in the body and sleeves, and carefully drafted, cut and sewn so as to fit correctly - smartly but also comfortably - as per period military fashion.

My own replica is available graded in the four regulation standard sizes, plus an xlarge modern size. It can also be cut and fitted to your own measures (see measure form above). The long-tailed officer's version can also be ordered, in superfine cloth with either fine linen or twill silk lining (please specify), this item is made to measure only!

  • standard size chart

      xsmall small medium large xarge
    EU sizes 42-44 46-48 50-52 54-56 58-60
    US sizes 32"-34" 36"-38" 40"-42" 44" 46"


  • standard heights

      xshort short regular tall xtall
    EU cm 160-167 168-175 176-183 184-191 192-199
    US inches 5'3"-5'6" 5'6"-5'9" 5'9"-6' 6'-6'3" 6'3"-6'6"


PriceFrom €650.00
Excluding VAT
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