Often incorrectly identified as a Tam O’ Shanter, the balmoral bonnet was pattern sealed in March 1915 despite earlier use. Issued with a khaki cover, the blue bonnets would largely be replaced by the drab version (sealed May 1915). Despite the issue of drab balmorals, the blue balmorals continued to be issued through spring of 1916. Constructed of finely woven blue wool, the balmoral is surrounded by the remnants of the silk headband and rosette. Initially removed for use in the field per regulations, the silk tails have been sewn back onto the rear of the balmoral and retains the field applied elastic material inside. The top of the hat features the classic red toorie and shows staining from the khaki cover lost to time.
Early World War One British Canadian Blue Balmoral Bonnet Tailored For Field Use
Often incorrectly identified as a Tam O’ Shanter, the balmoral bonnet was pattern sealed in March 1915 despite earlier use.
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SKU: A-0046 Categories: Allied Powers, Canada, Great Britain, and Commonwealth, The First World War 1914 - 1918 Tags: Canada, First World War, Great Britain, Headgear, Highlanders, WW1
Each cardboard packet contains 10 snapshot photographs of their titled areas. The Stubbs Vimy set appearing to be close to the unveiling due to the cemented trenches. The Nels series may likely have been taken in late 1918 to early 1919.
The remains of the original manufacturer paper tag remain largely in tact. Produced by the "Royal Army Clothing Factory" and dated August of 1914. Sized as an "11", the breast measures approximately 38 inches and waist 33 inches.
Production of the Canadian Bren light machine gun began in Toronto at the John Inglis plant in 1938. With over 180,000 manufactured by 1940, a small portion were chambered in 7.92mm Mauser ammunition.
RCAF archives list "W. Hook" as a Flight Officer of Special Operations who were tasked as part of the SOE with dropping weapons and picking up and dropping off agents in German occupied Europe.
Affixed to the rayon rosette and stamped from alloy the Canadian Seaforth Highlanders badge leaves a beautifully aged imprint. The scroll reading "Cuidich’n Righ" which translates to "Aid the King".