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Forage Cap - Victorian Engineers, circa 1893 Object Reg. No: ST 043231 5

Alternate Name(s): Glengarry

Glengarry style black wool forage cap (for mess dress) worn by a soldier in the Victorian Engineers, circa 1893.
Glengarry style. Black wool with recessed crown, piped with gold cord on the outside. Exploding grenade badge at front. Lined in black satin, with cloth label stitched to crown.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Major Edward (Ted) Millett
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 11 cm (Height), 28 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Length measured with cap folded.

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Tagged with: engineers, military uniforms australian
Themes this item is part of: Victorian Colonial Military, 1854-1901, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Engineering Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: uniforms
Inscriptions: Written in ink on cloth label : A.H. Ku...?
Place & Date Used: Victoria, Australia, circa 1893


Robert Bennett Posted on 20 Apr 2012 1:10 AM
I thought you might like to know that this type of Field Cap is popularly known as a 'Torin' although the origin of the name has been lost. It's shape is one of the earliest forms of British Field Cap and was used in the Navy and Marines in the Naopleonic era, was adopted by the Guards around the time of the Crimea and by the 1880s was widely seen on the General Staff and front line units of all Arms of British, Indian and other Colonial establishments. In the 1890s it was largely replaced by the so called Austrian type which had 2 small buttons securing an ear warming folding side piece. Nevertheless a few units stubbornly stuck to the Torin and at least 3 British Army units still wear it to this day.

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