Ferrari Dragoons

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Origin and History

This regiment of dragoons was raised in Naples in 1705 by Don Bernardo Antonio de Ferrari. The regiment was probably later transferred to Sicily.

The successive colonels of the

  • from 1705 to 17??: Don Bernardo Antonio de Ferrari

In 1715, the regiment was disbanded.

Service during the War

The regiment does not seem to have taken part in any significant event during the war.

Uniform

Considering that the regiment was raised in Naples, it is almost certain that they did not wear any French style bonnet, but – like Catalan regiments - a tricorn. The grenadiers may have worn a mitre cap.

Since the Ferrari family was a somewhat important Napolitan noble family, with a coat of arms mainly blue, we assumed that the distinctive colour of the regiment would be blue, according to the unwritten rule that the distinctive colour of a family was often used as the distinctive colour of its regiment(s).

Troopers

Uniform in 1706 - Copyright: Michele Savasta Fiore
Uniform Details in 1706
Headgear black tricorne laced white with a red cockade

Grenadiers may have worn a mitre cap.

Neck stock white
Coat green with blue lining; copper buttons
Collar none
Shoulder straps yellow aiguillette on the right shoulder
Lapels none
Pockets horizontal pockets, each with 3 copper buttons
Cuffs blue, each with 3 copper buttons
Turnbacks none
Waistcoat blue with small copper buttons
Breeches blue (probably buff leather during campaign)
Leather Equipment
Bandolier natural leather
Waistbelt natural leather worn above the coat (white for grenadiers)
Cartridge Box black leather
Scabbard natural leather with a white metal tip
Footgear black leather gaiters fastened with straps
Horse Furniture
Saddlecloth blue bordered in yellow
Housings blue bordered in yellow with the golden monogram of Philip V
Blanket roll no information found


Troopers were armed with a sword, two pistols and a musket.

Officers

Uniforms of officers differed from those of privates and NCOs by the finer material used. Their waistcoat, saddle cloth and housings were edged with a wide golden braid. They always wore a tricorne notwithstanding the headgear worn by soldiers.

The regulation of 30 December 1704 specified the distinctive of each military rank:

  • colonel: a baton with a gold knob
  • lieutenant-colonel: a baton with a silver knob
  • sargento mayor: a baton with a silver topped knob
  • captain: silver or golden epaulettes (according to the metal colour of the regiment) on both shoulders
  • lieutenant: silver or golden epaulette (according to the metal colour of the regiment) on the right shoulder
  • cornet: silver or golden epaulette (according to the metal colour of the regiment) on the left shoulder

NCOs

The regulation of 30 December 1704 specified the distinctive of each military rank:

  • sergeant : baton without knob and halberd
  • mariscal de logis (quartermaster): small woolen epaulette (red or of the distinctive colour of the regiment)
  • brigadier: swagger stick
  • corporal of squadron: swagger stick
  • second corporal of squadron (rank suppressed in 1706): swagger stick

Musicians

no information found yet

Guidons

Colonela Guidon - Copyright: Michele Savasta Fiore using a template contributed by Gilbert Noury
Ordonnance Guidon - Copyright: Michele Savasta Fiore using a template contributed by Gilbert Noury

References

Acknowledgements

Michele Savasta Fiore for the initial version of this article.