Edwardian Officer’s Volunteer Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers Full Dress Bearskin.
An extremely fine example of a Royal Scots Fusiliers full dress bearskin. With frontal volunteer battalion officer’s silver gilt fused grenade with royal arms, surmounted by a Kings crown. A fine 6.5″ cut feather plume to the right hand side. Brass graduated chin chain, complete with black leather lining. Contained in a japanned metal carrying tin, “not original to the bearskin”. This truly is an extremely fine Royal Scots Fusiliers full dress bearskin, one of the best I’ve seen for a long time.
The Royal Scots Fusiliers: dates back to 1678 when it was raised by Charles Erskine, de jure 5th Earl of Mar (de jure indicates the earldom fell into dispute with the crown after Alexander Stewart forcibly captured and married Isabel Douglas, the Countess of Mar in 1404). As was the tradition at the time the Regiment was named after its colonel as ‘The Earl of Mar’s Regiment’ and nicknamed ‘the Duke O’Mars Greybreeks’. The Regiment saw its first action in 1679 at the Battle of Bothwell Bridge when it helped to put down the Covenanter Rebellion which formed following the restoration of King Charles II. Presbyterian ministers who refused to accept the rule of bishops were ejected from their parishes by the crown and took up arms in rebellion. Charles II died suddenly in 1685 and was succeeded by his unpopular brother James II who was quickly plunged into suppressing mounting discontent, during the Monmouth rebellion of 1685. James Scott the 1st Duke of Monmouth (the illegitimate son of Charles II and the King’s nephew) unsuccessfully attempted to overthrow the unpopular King. The Regiment was once again in action on home soil during this time, suppressing a force raised by the Earl of Argyle in Scotland to support James Scott’s claim to the throne. royal scots fusiliers full dress bearskin.
NB: Although a very nice fit, the transportation tin and stand are not original to the royal scots fusiliers full dress bearskin.
Excellent Condition. there is some very light loss of gilt to the grenade “see image”