211. Grade Distinctions (1) Bardin 1811 p209
The second and third eagle-guards carry four chevrons on their sleeves (2) and a gold or silver bar, depending on their arm of the service. Their chevrons are of red wool-cloth 30cm (sic) wide.
The sergeant-majors wear on the exterior side of the forearm, two gold (or silver) tapes 22mm (10 lignes) wide, placed obliquely from one seam to the other, in such a manner that the end (tip) of the first which touches the interior seam, shall be 19mm (9 lignes) above the cuff and the end which touches the exterior seam shall be 10cm (3.5 inches) higher than the upper edge of the cuff, the second stripe is placed parallel to the first 13mm (6 lignes) above the first.
The sergeants’ carry a similar stripe placed as for the lower stripe of the sergeant-major.
The fourriers’ carry the same stripes as for the corporal, they have in addition a gold, or silver, stripe stitched obliquely on the outer side of the sleeve, above the elbow.
On the white habits, the stripes are garnished with an edging in the distinctive colour.
Corporals have stripes of wool cloth placed as for the sergeant-majors; in general they are of a yellow coloured cloth. (3)
The service stripes are of red wool cloth (4) the are worn on the left arm above the elbow.
The stripes of the corporals and service stripes are placed on the veste, but they are not so wide as those on the habits.
(1) (1) Reglement d’habillement 1st October 1786 article 3
(2) (2) Decree 8th February 1808, article 17; and Cicular of Ministre-Directeur du 18th March 1811. There are two chevrons on each arm, and not four chevrons on the two arms.
(3) (3) Instruction Provisoire 1st April 1791.
(4) (4) This usuage is borrowed from the National Guard. The Reglement d’habillement 1st Octobere 1786, article 3 paragraph 6, states that blue wool-cloth is used for the white habits, and of white cotton for the blue and red habits.
(5) (5) Arrete of 3 Thermidor an 10, article 5, Decree 25 Thermidor an 12. It is in doubt whether or not the sergeants and fourriers have service stripes, in some corps they are worn, in some they are not, sometimes in the same woolcloth as worn by the ncos. At the re-introduction of the “service” pay they were not worn, because this payment was particular to corporals and soldier; but this favour was arranged 13 months later, that is 25 Thermidor an 12, one sees in some regiments fourriers and sergeant-majors wearing service stripes in gold or silver, in others red wool-cloth is used.