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Unusual Tunic in my Collection


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Perhaps someone who is more knowledgeable might be able to assist with an identification. 

I purchased this tunic some months ago. It was labeled as WW1 british and while I recognized it was not a 1902 SD, the price was right and bought it. Buttons are marked "Geo. Stillwell, London". It seems to have had the shoulder straps removed,  perhaps as a keepsake, as I would assume there were shoulder titles/insignia on them, but unsure.  If anyone has any ideas how to find replacements, that would be magnificent. 

Is anyone able to identify it? I suspect it may be interwar period, but have not had luck confirming this.

Thank you kindly for your help

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It’s Ayrshire Yeomanry (Earl of Carricks Own) circa 1910-14.  These were auxiliary (citizen) cavalry, akin to mounted units of the US National Guard.   It’s a jacket rather than a tunic.  Tunics were full dress garments and expensively tailored in various colours for ceremonial.

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So is this a tunic specific to yeoman (calvary?) Units? What model is the tunic? 

Am I correct in  assuming that the buttons, not the tunic are what makes it specific to the Ayrshire Yeom.?

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15 minutes ago, Doc2nd112th said:

So is this a tunic specific to yeoman (calvary?) Units? What model is the tunic? 

Am I correct in  assuming that the buttons, not the tunic are what makes it specific to the Ayrshire Yeom.?

Yes the Yeomanry did their own thing under County Territorial Associations (who had to regulate and pay for uniform!) after the 2nd Anglo/Boer War.  The regulars were going full pelt into 1902 drab khaki, but the auxiliaries relied upon smart and attractive uniforms as a recruiting draw and so they went much more slowly, initially with a uniform trying to combine both camouflage and a bit of colour, usually just collars, some cuff decoration and a coloured welt down the outside seam of breeches.  Here is the first post war uniform circa 1905-08.

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9 minutes ago, Doc2nd112th said:

So is this a tunic specific to yeoman (calvary?) Units? What model is the tunic? 

Am I correct in  assuming that the buttons, not the tunic are what makes it specific to the Ayrshire Yeom.?

Yes just the buttons.    Pete.

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30 minutes ago, Doc2nd112th said:

So is this a tunic specific to yeoman (calvary?) Units? What model is the tunic? 

Am I correct in  assuming that the buttons, not the tunic are what makes it specific to the Ayrshire Yeom.?

The regiment deployed to war in your jacket (see enclosed photo), but clothing maintenance in the field became problematic.  In 1916 the War Office took over responsibility for the provision of clothing and insignia from the TF Associations and from that point onward the regiment wore standard universal (1902) drab khaki service dress.  There would have been a transitional period when both types were being worn concurrently.

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19 minutes ago, Doc2nd112th said:

Fantastic photo! I am sincerely appreciative of your input and knowledge!

I’m glad to help.  Looking at your photo of the jacket I believe that I can see the two pin holes above the right breast pocket where the Imperial Service tablet would have been if awarded (it’s left two dark spots).  This was awarded to individuals who volunteered for overseas service over and above their home defence obligation.

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3 minutes ago, FROGSMILE said:

I’m glad to help.  Looking at your photo of the jacket I believe that I can see the two pin holes above the right breast pocket where the Imperial Service tablet would have been if awarded.  This was awarded to individuals who volunteered for overseas service over and above their home defence obligation.

I'll have to look it over more thoroughly when I get home next week. With any luck there may be a name. 

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27 minutes ago, Doc2nd112th said:

I'll have to look it over more thoroughly when I get home next week. With any luck there may be a name. 

Here’s a photo showing two different Yeomanry units wearing a similar uniform.  Each county ran its own administration in consultation with the units. Uniforms were similar, but not identical and there were minor differences between the various counties.  This fitted with the deeply ingrained and cultural desire of units to be ‘seen’ to be different from each other. 

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