A few years ago we looked at an example of a Royal Marine’s lovat jacket. This was the dark green service dress adopted for wear on parade by the Royal Marines in the 1960s as a cheaper and more comfortable option than the traditional blues. It was introduced at the same time as the army’s No2 dress uniform and serves the same purpose. It is however very different in style to that worn by the army, being green rather than khaki in colour and having bronzed rather than staybrite buttons (no doubt deliberate choices to help differentiate the RM from the other service). The example we looked at then has since been joined by another jacket in the collection and today we are going to look at this example which has some rather interesting insignia on it:
One of the first things to note is that the fabric of this jacket is quite different to my other example, being much smoother to the touch and more akin to the No2 dress uniform mentioned above. The other example has a rougher woollen fabric, much more like battledress. Apart form the fabric though, the cut of this jacket is the same with a pair of pleated, square cut breast pockets:
As mentioned above the buttons on the tunic are bronzed and feature the crowned anchor badge of the Royal Marines:
The lapels each have a bronzed wreathed globe:
Whilst the letters ‘RM’ are worn on each epaulette:
The owner of this jacket had been awarded the General Service medal and the ribbon is worn on the breast above the pocket. Note also the two loops of thread to allow the medal itself to be pinned here without damaging the tunic:
The cuffs are scalloped:
And a pair of metal belt loops is fitted, one at either side, to allow a belt to be worn without sliding down:
The sleeve of the lovat jacket has the original owner’s rank insignia, here the three stripes of a sergeant in gold braid. Above this is worn the specialisation badge, here for a clerk 1st class which consists of a ‘C’ beneath a crown and a laurel spray below:
The jacket also has a red lanyard, which indicates was in 45 Commando:
Other Commandos had their own unique colours; light blue for 40 Commando, white for 42 Commando and green for 3 Commando Brigade.
A label is sewn into the back of the jacket and the contract number indicates that this jacket was produced in the late 1960s or early 1970s:
This is an impressive uniform, with a nice set of insignia and was part of a lot of three RM uniforms I picked up for less than £3. We will be looking at the other two uniforms in the coming weeks.