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Author Topic: Sailor Uniforms - are they always white?  (Read 12485 times)

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Re: Sailor Uniforms - are they always white?
« Reply #30 on: March 29, 2013, 06:32:34 AM »
Since we are at it, maybe I can throw in a question too:

the black silk scarves, which are so typical for the Royal Navy (the British, not the Norwegian), was it also used by other navies?

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Re: Sailor Uniforms - are they always white?
« Reply #31 on: March 29, 2013, 06:35:27 AM »
Maybe I can help here with the german Imperial navy

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Re: Sailor Uniforms - are they always white?
« Reply #32 on: March 29, 2013, 09:42:40 AM »
From someone else, I might take that as a challenge - however, as I am confounded trying to find things like this, and having been in awe of the library of uniform knowledge you drag around your skull, all I ask is - is any of this online?  When I went looking for uniform colors for sailors, all I could find was black and white photos that did me no good whatsoever, or painted models that don't reference any sources...


Sorry, I think I came over a little antagonistic there, didn't I? I unreservedly apologize. I think there is quite a bit online, but finding it isn't always a precise science, and you are right in that many of the pictures will be black-and-white. Though to be fair, in black-and-white photos it is really easy to tell Navy Blues from Tropical Whites, so I don't really see this as a problem. I'm afraid I have zilch on the Norwegian Navy, save for a single photo from the WWII era.



Shows a French-style bobble on the cap, and one is wearing a stripey undershirt like some navies still do. Interesting, but how helpful for the Victorian era, I cannot say. Those uniform elements were certainly already around in naval fashions at the end of the 19th Century, though. The sailor's collar and bell-bottom look would probably have been more prevalent towards the end of the Victorian era, so they would have looked a little different.
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Re: Sailor Uniforms - are they always white?
« Reply #33 on: April 01, 2013, 02:20:11 PM »
I've edited my earlier post on this thread to correct badge colours.
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Re: Sailor Uniforms - are they always white?
« Reply #34 on: April 02, 2013, 04:00:27 AM »
I have many sailors. Some are in blue, some are in white. Some of my navel units have variations mixed in the same unit(blue over white, white over blue, etc). I even have some in shirt sleeves in the red or blue horizontal stripes.

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Re: Sailor Uniforms - are they always white?
« Reply #35 on: April 02, 2013, 10:48:09 AM »
Since we are at it, maybe I can throw in a question too:

the black silk scarves, which are so typical for the Royal Navy (the British, not the Norwegian), was it also used by other navies?

I am not sure if all navies have black silk scarves. Some yes. (for example Greek Navy has). I presume at least those who are fashioned along british lines.
(The same happens with the black ties Air Forces wear!)
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Re: Sailor Uniforms - are they always white?
« Reply #36 on: April 02, 2013, 02:43:22 PM »
I see
well apparently the German Imperial Navy had too

 

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