Dating us military buttons
Thus the distinctive and colourful clothing of the Hungarian hussars became a model for hussar units all over Europe.
The kilts and sporrans of Scottish highland clans were distilled into regimental dress when the British Army started to recruit from these tribal groups.
An internal note written to the clothing bureau commander in 1862 is a good indication of this: More important, there is compelling evidence that this basic pattern was copied by non-government manufacturers, with the result that jackets of very similar pattern existed from the same period which were clearly not Quartermaster products. Powell, 4th Virginia Cavalry, taken 22 February 1862 (above) is one of the earliest pieces of evidence to show this pattern.
It is rather difficult to determine the first pattern of jacket issued by the Richmond Depot. The distinctive point about the first pattern jacket, and the feature that distinguished it from the Type II, was that it was trimmed on the collar, shoulder straps and cuffs with either tape or piping.
Apparently none survive; but based on photographic evidence, and later Richmond practice, it is believed that the first pattern jacket, herein designated the Richmond Depot Type I, was a jacket with a six piece body and two piece sleeves, with a nine button front, shoulder straps and probably belt loops. However, because all of these details must be either gleaned from photographs or inferred from later practice, there is still much that is open to discussion.
If a particular people or culture favoured a distinctive dress style this could easily create the impression of uniformly dressed warriors.
The issue is further complicated by the distinctive features (weapons, armour, fighting style and native dress) of particularly effective warrior classes often being copied.