When I posted the RVB glengarry; Glengarry; Rifle Volunteer Battalion Royal Scots
I mentioned that I had another item of headdress from the same friend.
This is it, an astrakhan cap (yes the British Army did use astrakhan too!) of the Linlithgowshire Rifle Volunteers which unit also forms part of the lineage of the Royal Scots Regiment now part of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
I don't know much about the unit I have to admit but I do know I am very pleased to have this hat in my collection and I don't think I will ever part with it.
I have no idea what it is worth but a dealer in the '80s suggested a figure around £600. Academic really
It is in pretty good shape as you can see. The cork element of the headband has deteriorated as you would expect but is mostly still there. The chin scales, leather strap and velvet lining have come unstiched in places but no more than that. The individual parts are almost mint so I am wondering if I should seek the services of a dress uniform tailor to hand stitch it back together?
The horsehair plume (it's not a hackle, that would be made of feathers) is apparently missing a small arrangement of red feathers in the ferrule and I would appreciate any advice there. Otherwise it is a very nice piece and although I am mostly a modern militaria collector (1914 onwards) this is one of my favourites!
I hope you like it as much as I do.