Sherwood Foresters Mess Jacket

The Sherwood Foresters was a regiment of the British Army from 1881 to 1970 and recruited from Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. The region was historically associated with Robin Hood, so it is unsurprising that the regiment adopted Lincoln Green as its facing colour. This was used on the Regiment’s home service uniforms before World War I and continued to be used on the facings of the mess dress throughout the regiment’s history. It is an example of this mess dress from a second lieutenant that we are looking at today: 

The collar is in green, whilst the shoulder straps are in the same red as the rest of the jacket, with the brass pips of the owner’s rank: 

The cuffs are also in red, with decorative buttons in the same colour: 

The jacket is fully lined in red silk, with stitched quilting and a vertical slash pocket on the inside left breast: 

It is hard to date these jackets as they were privately purchased and the design did not change over the decades, however the use of brass pips rather than staybrite suggest the jacket is from the Second World War or earlier. 

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