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Fenian Uniform

Postby GaryD » 09 Aug 2015 22:28

I found this in an antique shop in Ontario. It is purported to be be a Fenian uniform. The dealer seems very reputable and is currently trying to get it authenticated

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Thought you guys might be interested.
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Re: Fenian Uniform

Postby red25847 » 12 Aug 2015 22:41

Hi GaryD,
Where is the museum located?

I would be dubious about it being a Fenian jacket and kepi, but you never know. It looks too new to me, and I believe the majority of the Fenians wore civilian clothes.

There is an original green Fenian jacket from the 1870 raid, but it was the exception to the rule and is probably why it survived.
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Re: Fenian Uniform

Postby roconn » 14 Aug 2015 01:16

Gary D:

This looks really unused for Fenian Raid article -- but then again it might be a genuine item -- wait for provenance

if this is a gen uniform you're a lucky dude


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Re: Fenian Uniform

Postby GaryD » 21 Aug 2015 20:43

Interesting mostly, I don't think I'm interested enough to shell out the cash they will want if they can prove provenance, and certainly won't consider spending any without it.
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Re: Fenian Uniform

Postby GrantRCanada » 22 Aug 2015 00:51

Gary:

As you probably know, it is pretty well documented that the great majority of Fenian raiders were not uniformed anyway, and so far as I am aware the jacket shown by red25847 is the only known surviving example of the small number of shell jackets known to have been made for one of the Fenian contingents involved in the 1870 raid. It was captured and later taken to England by Prince Arthur of Connaught (who was serving in Canada at the time as an officer of the 60th Rifles) and presented to the Royal Engineers Institute. It was placed in the custody of Parks Canada in the 1980s.

Every modern artist's rendering that I have seen depicting a Fenian soldier in uniform is clearly based on the Prince Arthur jacket -
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Not to say that there may have been other Fenain uniforms, but the garment in your photos to my eye looks much too recent in cut and styling to date to 1866-70 .....
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