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Canvas and leather gaiters/leggings


Jerry B
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I picked these up recently and the closest match I can find are on the Khaki web site, pattern 1901 RN accouterments. http://www.karkeeweb.com/patterns/1901/1901_assoc.html

They show a mismatched London made pair dated 1914 and 1915, with inkstamps for the RAN., whilst the set I have have no surviving markings that I can see, except the inkstamps.

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Pics of those on the Khaki web site, well one of the mismatched pair they show. The inside.


And the outside.

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I've got an all leather pair dated 1899, always thought they were for mounted troops or Boer M.I.

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They look like the type worn by the RMLI. I think there is a photo of RMLI at in blues wearing these.

Joe Sweeney

Is this a website or a book Joe for the picture?

RMLI seems most likely from what little I can find out about these.

Thanks all for answering.

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Is this a website or a book Joe for the picture?

RMLI seems most likely from what little I can find out about these.

Thanks all for answering.

They were part of the RMLI / RMA 'landing party rig', Jerry, perhaps most famously seen at Ostend in 1914. As you have rightly identified the same gaiters were worn by ratings when deployed ashore in fighting rig.

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They were part of the RMLI / RMA 'landing party rig', Jerry, perhaps most famously seen at Ostend in 1914. As you have rightly identified the same gaiters were worn by ratings when deployed ashore in fighting rig.

Thanks mate for adding some images for me, much appreciated. Not a common item then I think. Not really within my collecting interests so if anyone is interested in them they can message me.

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