Original British WWI Liverpool 8th Scottish Volunteer Battalion, V Company Doublet For Soldier Attached To Royal Army Medical Corps

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a lovely, hard to find example of an early WWI Scottish Doublet. Doublet is the term describing any of several types of jacket worn with Scottish highland dress; referring to both uniform and evening jackets.

Uniform doublets are found in a number of different styles. Commonly they are short cut with four Inverness flaps skirt and buttoned gauntlet cuffs. It can be any color depending upon the regiment, on this example it is red.

The doublet is in good condition but does have extensive moth nipping present throughout. The shoulder straps are embroidered in red for the unit 8 / V/ LIVERPOOL. The Liverpool Scottish, known as "the Scottish", was a unit of the British Army, part of the Army Reserve (formerly the Territorial Army), raised in 1900 as an infantry battalion of the King's (Liverpool Regiment). Unlike the Regular Army, which had adopted a four-company system in 1913, territorial battalions were still organized into eight companies. When the system was extended to the Liverpool Scottish, the battalion designated its consolidated companies "V", "X, "Y", and "Z". This contrasted with the more conventional "A" to "D" or "1" to "4" considered by the battalion to be potentially confusing.

The right shoulder and sleeve has lovely bullion and “tape” rank insignia for a Staff Sergeant. The left sleeve has a beautiful padded embroidered “red cross” insignia for the Royal Army Medical Corps. The cuff style collar has two “Scottish Thistle” insignias and the front has all eight British General Service buttons, with all other general service buttons present on the cuffs, pockets and rear skirt. The polished brown cotton lining is still stitched to the interior but does show extensive wear with fraying and holes present.

A lovely example that comes more than ready for further research and display.

Approximate Measurements:
Collar to shoulder: 8"
Shoulder to sleeve: 27”
Shoulder to shoulder: 13.5”
Chest width: 17”
Waist width: 15"
Hip width: 15”
Front length: 21"

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