Army Service Corps Home Service Tunic

Pre-WW1 Home Service uniforms are some of the most overlooked pieces of military history out there. They are fairly inexpensive, beautifully made, completely iconic and often available in stunning condition. Regular readers may recall we looked at a scarlet tunic from the Buffs here a few years back. Tonight we have another Home Service tunic to consider, but this time for the Army Service Corps:This uniform is virtually mint, has never been issued and is absolutely stunning! It is made of a heavy dark blue wool with white collars which when issued would have been fitted with a pair of brass collar dogs. Each cuff has a white cord Hungarian knot and two small brass general service buttons:The tunic is secured with brass buttons up its front and there is an elaborate set of buttons and white cord making up ‘false pockets’ on the tail of the tunic:Rather than shoulder straps, this tunic has two white cords on the shoulders:The tunic has a white woollen half lining, and unusually this has no mothing at all, looking as good as the day it was made:A ‘WD’ and /|\ stamp is marked inside the sleeve:The tunic retains its paper label on the inside, revealing it was manufactured in April 1914:These tunics were part of the pageantry of pre-WW1 British Army life, as seen in this postcard of the Army Service Corps where a private can be seen wearing the uniform, with two long service stripes on his sleeve, on the right:This cigarette card from Ogdens also shows an Army Service Corps private wearing the uniform with the spike home service helmet:This has to be one of the nicest tunics I have ever picked up and is a beautiful and historic addition to my collection. Compared to the combat uniforms of World War one, these pre-war uniforms are largely ignored by collectors and offer a very affordable way of adding something beautifully made and over a century old to the collection.

One comment

  1. It IS a beautiful piece of kit! It was also interesting to see the Ogden’s card describing the French Revolutionary War as “the great war”. I wonder if that was general usage until 1914.

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