British Army London Scottish Sergeant's Mess Dress Jacket and Waistcoat
In a word, this is a GORGEOUS set--a mess dress jacket and waistcoat of a sergeant in the London Scottish Regiment, circa 1914. The jacket is made of hodden grey wool with dark blue wool collar and cuffs; all trim is of 1/2" wide white wool lace tape and cording. The sergeant's chevron on the right sleeve is of dark blue wool set off with white cording. The shoulder straps are of white cotton cord twist. The jacket is fully lined and has one inside chest pocket. The jacket is meant to hang open, and is fastened with a white cord loop at the neck.
The waistcoat is of dark blue wool and is trimmed with the same white cording as the jacket. Small decorative ball buttons edge the closure (one is missing), which actually is effected with four sets of hooks and eyes. The waistcoat has a black cloth back, and is fully lined in white cloth.
Both garments are in virtually impeccable shape, with no rips, tears or moth/mite damage. The linings are strong and intact, there is no cuff wear or fraying, and only the back of the collar lining and the upper edge of the waistcoat closure could benefit from a bit of resewing. All buttons are of white metal and, with the exception of the one on the waistcoat previously mentioned, are present and in very fine condition. Interestingly, the cuff buttons on the tunic are the standard London Scottish pattern adopted in 1908 when the Regiment, along with many others, was transferred from the Volunteers to the Territorial Force. It is clear that these buttons were on the jacket when it was made, since they are sewn UNDER the lining. The buttons fixing the shoulder cords, on the other hand, are of the pre-1901 Victorian London Scottish Volunteers pattern. These have been sewn through the lining and thus were added after the jacket was made--as replacements, perhaps, or because the original owner wanted to retain a modest souvenir of his time in the Volunteers...it's something we'll never really know.
There is no size marked as this is a custom-made garment. It is also an historical artifact and is sold as such, not for the intention of wear. Therefore there are no returns for this item on the basis that "it does not fit." My estimate of the size based on observation and measurement is that it is about a 36-37 short...pretty much a normal man's size for the time.
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