On Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th March here in Cisliano we had our annual "STORITALIA"
, Italy's best known multi-era re-enacting event .
As usual , I was the only British Victorian
This year I decided to turn up in the uniform of a BRITISH OFFICER IN KHEDIVIAL SERVICE, c. 1879.
I quite like the combination of the blue patrol jacket and the Egyptian Tarboosh.
I am aware that some of this forum's members have questioned the possibility that a British officer would have mixed and matched any British and Egyptian items of uniforms, but this really appears to have been the case!
No less than Gordon himself wrote to his sister from the Soudan saying : " I am wearing Engineer undress, with fez. It is very fine in its effect!"
However, I find the Foreign Service Helmet a definitely more practical (and stable!) headwear, and I replaced my fez with it early in the day!
My patrol jacket is still definitely in urgent need for some campaign medals ribbons: but a friend of mine and very active VW forum member is now busy getting me some!