Royal Scots Fusiliers Tunic Uniform

Antique 19th Century Royal North British Officer’s Doublet Tunic – Royal Scots (Highland) Fusiliers Doublet

Suggested Price: $2,500.00

This is a very rare authentic original Royal Scots Fusiliers Tunic. This full dress uniform tunic has brass buttons with the royal coat of arms.  The Royal Scots Fusiliers was a line infantry regiment of the British Army that existed from 1678 until 1959 when it was amalgamated with the Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment) to form the Royal Highland Fusiliers (Princess Margaret’s Own Glasgow and Ayrshire Regiment) which was later itself merged with the Royal Scots Borderers, the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment), the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and the Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons) to form a new large regiment, the Royal Regiment of Scotland. In 1881 the name was officially changed from Royal North British Fusiliers to Royal Scots Fusiliers.

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  • This is a very rare authentic original Royal Scots Fusiliers Tunic. This full dress uniform tunic has brass buttons with the royal coat of arms.  This Scarlet superfine doublet has dark blue shoulder straps, stand collar and cuffs. The lower edge of collar, doublet front, cuffs and Inverness skirts are all edged with khaki white piping. Cuffs and skirts are decorated with three rows of twisted khaki white wool braid.  The shoulder straps are dark blue button down. The body of doublet is lined with coarse khaki beige wool twill and the sleeves are lined with a plain weave white cotton.  The Two skirt panels have the original khaki wool twill lining. The lower front flaps of doublet have flat welt pockets lined with linen. The doublet is hand sewn throughout. There is a brass hook on the inside right of the standing collar.  The doublet is complete with convex brass British General Service buttons. Stamped inside right centre front on the tunic lining in black is the number 21, which implies that the doublet was likely worn by someone in the 21st Royal North British (Royal Scot) Fusilier Regiment of Foot.  The 21st (Royal North British Fusilier) Regiment of Foot (1713–1877) was awarded the title “Royal” in approx. 1713. The regiment saw action under the command of Sir Andrew Agnew at the Battle of Dettingen in June 1743 during the War of the Austrian Succession and later fought against the Jacobites at the Battle of Culloden in April 1746 during the Second Jacobite Rebellion. It was numbered the 21st Regiment in 1751, when seniority numbers were introduced. The regiment saw action at the Siege of Fort Ticonderoga in July 1777 during the American Revolutionary War, took part in the Siege of Bergen op Zoom in March 1814 during the Napoleonic Wars and saw combat at the Battle of New Orleans in January 1815 during the War of 1812. The regiment then served under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Haines at the Battle of Inkerman in November 1854 during the Crimean War. The original name 21st Royal Scots Fusiliers Regiment of Foot (1877–1881) was restored in 1877.

    Also has what looks like a later stamp “Property of the SSAFA” on the inside liner of the tunic. The SSAFA stands for the Soldiers’, Sailors’ & Airmen’s Families Association.  The SSAFA is the UK’s oldest national Armed Forces charity.  For over 130 years the SSAFA has helped and supported British servicemen and women, veterans and their families.  The SSAFA was founded by Major James Gildea in 1885.  When the Second Expeditionary Force set sail for Egypt in February 1885, Major (later Colonel Sir) James Gildea wrote a letter to The London Times appealing for money and volunteers to help the military families left behind at home. A fund was set up to provide allowances. Soon Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales (the future Queen Alexandra) became the organization’s first president.

    Circa 1890 Officers of the Royal Scots Fusiliers Group
    Circa 1890 Officers of the Royal Scots Fusiliers Group

    Finally, there is the stenciled Number 136 just inside the tunic’s front left button area.  This number could represent the Unit, Battalion or simply a uniform identification number.  This original Scarlett Royal Scot Fusilier’s Tunic is NOT a reproduction | The coat is in very good condition considering age and use.

    The Royal Scots Fusiliers was a line infantry regiment of the British Army that existed from 1678 until 1959 when it was amalgamated with the Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment) to form the Royal Highland Fusiliers (Princess Margaret’s Own Glasgow and Ayrshire Regiment) which was later itself merged with the Royal Scots Borderers, the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment), the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and the Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons) to form a new large regiment, the Royal Regiment of Scotland. In 1881 the name was officially changed from Royal North British Fusiliers to Royal Scots Fusiliers.

     

  • Weight

    10lb.

    Height

    40"

    Width

    30"

    Depth

    10"

    Weight

    10lb.

    Height

    40"

    Width

    30"

    Depth

    10"

    Date

    19th Century

    Kind

    Collectibles, Ephemera, Equipment, Memorabilia, Militaria, Textiles

    Medium

    Wool

    Origin

    United Kingdom

    Other

    Brass

    Subject

    American Revolutionary War, Americana, Colonial America, Equipment, Historical, Marching Soldiers, Military, War