1914 First World War dated tunic constructed of scarlet and green wool. The tunic features a seven button front closure and dual hook and bar stand-up green collar. Similar in colour, the 1913 pattern pointed shoulder straps are secured by two additional buttons, all nine are general service marked. Period pointed green cuffs measure approximately 6 inches from the base, while brass belt hooks flank the hips. Limitedly lined in white cotton, the frock features a War Department stamp and broad arrow. Stamped onto the black protective collar flap, faint signs of a number “2” or “12”. 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. In remarkable condition, there are no signs of any mothing or holes.
Discontinued in August of 1914, very little information remains regarding these one of a kind tunics. Due to a lack of insignia it’s difficult to attribute an exact unit. Many British units reverted to pre-1882 traditional facings, some of the potential scarlet and green units include;
- The Northumberland Fusiliers (Gosling Green)
- The Manchester Regiment (Lincoln Green)
- The Devonshire Regiment (Lincoln Green)
- The Prince of Wales’s Own Yorkshire Regiment (Grass Green)
- The Durham Light Infantry (Dark Green)
- The Sherwood Foresters (Lincoln Green)