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    1750s Garter Question

    Hello all,
    For 1750s Highland regimental garters how would the ends have been finished, cut straight and left to fray, turned and stitched, cut at an angle, or swallow tailed like modern flashes?
    Thanks!
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    Good questions, that I don't think anyone has a definitive answer for.

    Strictly from a regimental perspective, period documents for the 42nd speak of them being "Bespoke" and the 77th they were just of a regimental pattern. How fancy these early garters were is something that I constantly search for. By the 19th century you start to see things that may be false bows and drops, how early that came about??????

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    I guess the question is, other than being uninform, would early military garters have been significantly different to civilian ones?
    This detail from a portrait of c1750 is possibly a guide. The red based striped pattern looks like what are called Caddach Gaters.

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    Here are a couple other close ups, pre 1750. I have a few meters of tape coming in from Wydean. Might have to do the tassles from the caddach pair if I can find a good thread match....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luke MacGillie View Post
    Here are a couple other close ups, pre 1750. I have a few meters of tape coming in from Wydean. Might have to do the tassles from the caddach pair if I can find a good thread match....

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    That picture is as pretty as Christmas morning.

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    Is it weird that I recognize Lord Duffus and the young Earl of Breadalbane from their hose and knees alone🤔?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guthrumironhead View Post
    Is it weird that I recognize Lord Duffus and the young Earl of Breadalbane from their hose and knees alone🤔?


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    On a barely-related side note, would these types of knee garters actually have kept up their hose? What about for a working man, would these types of knee-garters functioned effectively if one was being physical in their work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by figheadair View Post
    I guess the question is, other than being uninform, would early military garters have been significantly different to civilian ones?
    This detail from a portrait of c1750 is possibly a guide. The red based striped pattern looks like what are called Caddach Gaters.

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    Yes they work, as long as you do your part and tie them correctly. Of course you have to tie them to loose, and to tight to learn the "Just right" when it comes to cut cloth bag hose and worsted garters.

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