Kilt Apron

Last week we looked at a Gordon Highlander’s kilt, tonight we look at the kilt apron worn with such a kilt when in the field. The kilt apron was introduced after the Boer War to reduce the visibility of the kilt in the field:BW_2ndBn_SoAfrica1900As well as camouflaging the kilt, they also helped to keep it clean in the field; the large amount of cloth in a kilt made it hard to clean once it was encrusted in mud. There are two distinct designs of kilt apron, a full wrap around design and a more simple apron that only covers the front like this one:imageAs can be seen it is made of a simple light brown cotton drill in the form of a rectangle, with two tapes for securing it at the rear. A single patch pocket secured by a button is to the front:imageThis design of apron only protects the front of the kilt:Publication1The wrap around design was more complicated and was pleated to the rear with extra tapes down the side to secure it. Both designs of kilt covers were extensively used in WW1 and would continue to be issue items until the kilt was withdrawn at the outbreak of WW2. This example is a bit of a mystery as it does not have any of the WD stampings I would expect to find. The only markings are for a company called ‘Spinner’s’ of Wigan who have an elaborate elephant logo:imageI am unsure then if this is a military apron, or one produced commercially. It must be remembered that Canada and South Africa both had kilted regiments and officers privately purchased their uniforms so there are a variety of possibilities. It does however conform with the standard design of these aprons so I am happy to use it with my kilt for re-enacting.

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