American Naval Uniform 1790-1840

Q.  

I am building a scale replica of the USS Constellation 1797 (1/65 scale)and would like to know the uniforms of the naval men during that period so as to be able to dress the sailors accurately.

A. Here’s a list of articles from our journal Military Collector and Historian on the subject. The numbers indicate Volume, Number and Page.

Robert L. Miller Powder Horn from the Constellation 4 1 18
Henry I. Shaw, Jr. Review – Uniforms of the Sea Services, A Pictorial History, by Colonel Robert H. Rankin 15 1 29
Lawrence J. Bopp Review – USS Constellation: From Frigate to Sloop of War, by Geoffrey M. Footner 56 1 71
Lawrence J. Bopp Review – American Naval History: An Illustrated Chronology of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, 1775 – Present, Third Edition, by Jack Sweetman 56 2 146
Matthew P. Brenckle Uniforms for Federal-Era U.S. Navy Gig and Barge Crews 59 4 320

Here’s list of Uniform Plates that may be applicable. The numbers indicate plate number.

113 UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS 1797-1804

229 OFFICERS, UNITED STATES NAVY 1797-1798

Sometimes our plates and journals are not for sale. They should be available from your local library through inter-library loan as we have many institutional subscribers.

Have also attached a link to the USS Constitution Museum http://www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org/. She was a sister ship of the Constellation and they maybe of help. They may also direct you to other institutions.

 

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