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Sergeant and soldier of the Compagnies franches de la Marine of New France, between 1716 and 1730

Caption: Sergeant and soldier of the Compagnies franches de la Marine of New France, between 1716 and 1730

Both of these men of the Compagnies franches de la Marine wear the grey-white coat of France with the blue facings of the Troupes de la Marine. The sergeant at left is distinguished by gold laced buttonholes on his coat cuffs, and he carries a halbard - a weapon particular to his rank. The common soldier is armed with a musket, sword and bayonet, and his cartridge pouch is decorated with an anchor. These uniforms date from the period 1716-1730. Reconstruction by Michel Pétard.