I came across a book that caught my eye, entitled: Regimental Badges Worn in the British Army One Hundred Years Ago: Reproduced in Facsimile From the Pen and Ink Drawings in the Note Book of a Silversmith of that Time
, it was written by Edward Almack and published in 1900. Within a few lines I was delighted to find this paragraph:Not long ago I happened to buy a volume in manuscript, which has been the private note book of some old manufacturing silversmith. The book measures some eight by seven inches, and is made of about one hundred leaves. The first twenty-one leaves contain the pen and ink drawings of the badges with the instructions for making them. The drawings, four to a page, are on the right hand, with their descriptions facing them on the left hand pages, those of the epaulettes, shako straps, etc., appearing near the end of the book. The rest of the book is devoted to the silversmith's accounts, chiefly for various pieces of jewellery, and seeming to give the cost of the work in one column and the price charged to the buyer in another. The account memoranda run in various dates from 1809 to 1813, and, as already stated, are in the latter part of the book. The whole of the book is written in a good hand, a specimen of which is to be seen on the drawings of the parts of uniforms (pp. 81-88), and the silversmith's descriptions have been orthographically followed. The book has, in the latter part, an inscription "N: Goetze's | Account Book | March 25 . 1809."
Before I found this volume I knew nothing about Noah Goetze, he was just a name in Grimwades, accompanied with some sparse information, I knew not what he made and had never knowingly seen anything made him. I am now aware, thanks to Mr Almack, that Noah Goetze was a specialist maker of military accoutrements.
Further detail of Noah Goetze can be found at: viewtopic.php?f=74&t=25479&p=62169#p62169
Below are some of Noah Goetze's drawings and descriptions: