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Grenadier Cap of the Yaroslavsky Musketeer Regiment from the Russian Empire dated to 1805 on display at the Danish War Museum in Copenhagen

Grenadiers came into existence during the late 1600′s in most armies as the small grenades, when thrown en mass, could cause devastation in the tight formations of infantry. Grenadiers would wear the mitre cap to allow them to sling their muskets properly as a tricorn hat would have gotten in the way. Though the use of grenadiers had waned by the early 19th century the trappings and status’s of the regiments were kept on.

Photographs taken by myself 2018

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Mitre Cap of the Pavlovsky Life Guards Regiment from the Russian Empire dated to Late 19th Century on display at the Danish War Museum in Copenhagen

These caps were worn as part of the dress uniform of the grenadier officers from the Pavlovsky Life Guards Regiment 4th Battalion right up until till 1917 and the revolution. They were a a relatively new regiment set up during the Napoleonic Wars and were awarded the right to wear the mitre cap for its bravery in the 1807 campaign while all other grenadiers had been ordered to wear shakos since 1805.

Photographs taken by myself 2018