Victorian Officer’s 1880 Pattern, 3rd Forfarshire Rifle Volunteers Doublet.
A rare Victorian officer’s 3rd Forfarshire Rifle Volunteers Doublet attributed to Captain Frederick Tosh. The tunic is of a standard regimental 1880 pattern. single breasted scarlet Melton cloth doublet, with dark blue facings to the collar and cuffs each decorated with silver lace. Complete with silvered 3rd Forfarshire Rifle Volunteer Battalion buttons. There are two slashed pockets underneath the doublet’s front flaps. To the shoulders are silver bullion shoulder cords with a single lieutenant’s rank star attached to the shoulders with white metal general service buttons. A stand-up collar with replacement period St Andrew collar badges, edged with ornate lace. The doublet retains all of it’s one inch silver gilt regimental buttons. The interior is with a quilted silk lining and single slash pocket. A very nice 3rd Forfarshire Rifle Volunteers Doublet.
Jacket Size: Chest 36 1/2”.
Waist 31 1/2”.
Shoulder to Shoulder 16 1/2”.
Top of Collar to Bottom of Jacket 25 1/2”.
Top of Sleeve to Bottom of Sleeve 23”.
Captain Frederick Tosh: was commissioned into the 3rd Forfarshire Rifle Volunteer Battalion on the 30th of April 1884. At this time the Volunteers were affiliated to the Black Watch. He was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1886. In 1887 the Dundee Highlanders became the 3rd Volunteer Battalion. Captain Tosh appears to have resigned his commission in 1894.3rd Forfarshire Rifle Volunteers Doublet.
Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment): was a Scottish line infantry regiment of the British Army in existence from 1881. (as the Royal Highland Regiment (Black Watch) until 2006. The regiment was created in 1881, as the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders), by the amalgamation of the 42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot and the 73rd (Perthshire) Regiment of Foot. As part of the Scottish Division, it was the senior regiment of the Highland Brigade. The regiment’s name came from the dark tartan that they wore and from its role to “watch” the Highlands. The ‘Black Watch’ was originally just a nickname for the 42nd Regiment of Foot, but was used more and more so that, in 1881, when the 42nd amalgamated with the 73rd Regiment of Foot, the new regiment was named the ‘Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)’. 3rd Forfarshire Rifle Volunteers Doublet.
Good Condition. this 3rd Forfarshire Rifle Volunteers Doublet has been professionally cleaned but is still showing age and storage related marks.