Duke of wellingtons Yorkshire regiment mess jacket

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Duke of wellingtons Yorkshire regiment mess jacket

Postby Frankjersey » 13 Aug 2017 03:35

Need help dating this mess dress. Labeled a Duke of Wellington west riding of Yorkshire regiment mess dress jacket. And is it a particularly noteworthy coat. Seems a bit more fancy than I'm used to seeing.
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Re: Duke of wellingtons Yorkshire regiment mess jacket

Postby Frogsmile » 13 Aug 2017 13:09

It's a 1904 pattern mess dress jacket, but with the 'T' below the rank indicating Territorial Force, an auxiliary arm of the British Army formed from the earlier rifle volunteers in 1908, and in essence the equivalent of your National Guard. It was a new force in formal terms and so for legal reasons the previous 'volunteer battalions' stood down and the TF was raised under new terms and conditions of service.

The 1904 pattern was little different to the previous, 1900 pattern, having the same roll collar, but it was in 1904 that special collar badges and regimental buttons, along with miniature medals, all specifically for mess dress uniform were agreed for all the regiments (as opposed to just some of them) for the first time. It was in effect the culmination of the evolution of mess dress uniform and reflected a move that began in 1902 to reduce the amount of expensive gold braid that each officer had hitherto been expected to fund. The mess dress uniforms did not really change after 1904, right through until WW2, when they were temporarily discontinued, not to be reinstated until 1956.

The Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment was the only infantry unit to be named after a non-Royal personage (it was the first battalion command for the Duke), as well as being the last British regiment to wear scarlet 'facings' (collar, cuffs, lining, etc.).
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Re: Duke of wellingtons Yorkshire regiment mess jacket

Postby Frankjersey » 13 Aug 2017 17:23

Wow. That's interesting. glad I posted this. Thanks a bunch.
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Re: Duke of wellingtons Yorkshire regiment mess jacket

Postby Frogsmile » 13 Aug 2017 18:20

It is certainly a nice object and emblematic of its period.
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Re: Duke of wellingtons Yorkshire regiment mess jacket

Postby Frankjersey » 13 Aug 2017 19:14

I know. I just really look for the Victorian era stuff though. But it is beautiful. And it's pretty cheap for what the seller wants.
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