Bunch of various information for the 56th Regiment of Foot 'West Essex' which was a British regiment formed in 1755 until, in 1881, was merged with the 44th Foot 'East Essex' to form the Essex Regiment under I believe it was the Childer's Reforms. Originally dubbed the 58th in 1755, it was nevertheless changed to the 56th. The 7 Years' War had a lot of various regimental formations and closures.
Here is an example of supposedly original 56th Foot lace, you can clearly see the purple stripe woven on the standard white lacing the British employed. In the near distant future I might update this due to the woven zig-zag pattern and the shaded folds where it turns at a 90 degree angle. Najecki has catalogued a great number of British lacings on his website, Najecki Reproductions
This authentic 56th tunic belonged to an officer named Morton Eden, who served during the Crimean War, while a little later than the Napoleonic period, you can clearly see I need to darken the regimental facing, perhaps not as much as this due to how the color may have changed with age, but still, a little darker would help. This image comes from the fantastic resource of boys who deal with original British items of the 18th and 19th century, The Military Gentleman
This came from a poster on a website (The Minatures Page) which username is dibble. Here we can see the regimental drummer jacket and an officer's coatee. Much like the Royal Clothing Warrant which states drummers (And various other musicians) would wear the opposite pattern colors. So, regimental facing for the jacket itself, standard red for the facings.
Whether these two badges are for the Napoleonic period, I'm not certain myself. But here they are for reference.
Another image from that Miniatures Page, this example has examples set for the 33rd Foot, 56th Foot, and 50th Foot. The 56th is in the center and they all appear to be officers.
An old sketch by William Loftie depicting a British officer of the 56th Foot.
I guess the original came from a place called Delcampe, but I discovered this on Pinterest myself. Not quite the era we're going for, but you can see the darker shade of facing used.
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