Victorian Officer’s Black Watch Royal Highlanders Shell Jacket/ Mess Dress .
A fine and scarce mess jacket of the Black Watch Royal Highlanders. A scarlet Melton cloth with dark blue facings to the collar and cuffs. To the front there is a row of silvered seeded buttons and to the collar, fine gilt metal St Andrew & Cross collar badges. To the shoulders and attached by two Black Watch Royal Highlanders buttons are silver bullion cords with lieutenant rank stars. The interior is with a fine scarlet quilted silk lining with a single slash pocket. A nice example of a Black Watch Royal Highlanders mess dress jacket.
Jacket Size: Chest 36 1/2”.
Waist 31 1/2”.
Shoulder to Shoulder 16 1/2”.
Top of Collar to Bottom of Jacket 19”.
Top of Sleeve to Bottom of Sleeve 22 1/2”.
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.
Black Watch (Royal Highlanders 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)’.
Good Condition. this black watch royal highlanders mess jacket had a small hole to the front. this has now been professionally repaired. There is some moth tracking to the back of the jacket.