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French habit-veste Bardin 1812 for officers

French habit-veste Bardin 1812 for officers

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. The photos show the light infantry variation, made for the mannequin representing lieutenant Legros, on display in the new Hougoumont museum at Waterloo.

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) superfine wool fabric, lined with woollen serge (cadis) or the same fabric as the body in the tails, and fine linen or silk serge (please specify) in the body and sleeves. It is carefully drafted, cut and sewn so as to fit correctly - tightly and smartly, but also comfortably - as per period military fashion.

My own replica of this officer's version is only available cut and fitted to your own measures (see measure form above in the last pic). The size chart is there to give an idea, and to calculate the final price of the item.

  • 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 €820.00
Excluding VAT
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