Royal Winnipeg Rifles "little black devils"

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    birkie
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    Royal Winnipeg Rifles "little black devils"

    Post by birkie on Sat Jun 29, 2013 11:59 am

    I'm trying to find an example of a Royal Winnipeg Rifles pre-WW1 tunic, 1900 - 1910 era, but can't seem to find a single photo or representation. I believe they are dark royal green, with red piping and black "little black devil" collar insignia.

    If anyone has a picture to share it would be much appreciated.

    thank you

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    Royal Winnipeg Rifles Tunic and Breeches

    Post by birkie on Thu Jul 04, 2013 8:03 am

    I recently acquired this complete, circa 1910, Royal Winnipeg Rifles, "Little Black Devils" tunic, complete with belt and trousers.  Canadian militaria is a bit of a departure for me but I find this piece intriguing since I was born and raised in Winnipeg and am quite interested in this connection to local history.

    Markings show a faded stamp ......Workman Co. Mfr's, 1910, Montreal, Quebec on the breeches along with the soldier's name CH Hall and a unit # 211 perhaps. This should make for a great research project.

    The inside leather collar tab on the tunic shows W.E. Sanford Mfg, Hamilton Ontario, 1910-1911.  Other markings are clearly shown on the inside of the tunic.

    The photos unfortunately don't bring out the green colour, but in hand they are deep green and in battle were in fact mistaken for black (little black devils).

    Looking forward to your comments and feedback.

    Cheers










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    Re: Royal Winnipeg Rifles "little black devils"

    Post by servicepub on Thu Jul 04, 2013 1:25 pm

    Nice acquisiton.

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    Re: Royal Winnipeg Rifles "little black devils"

    Post by Red Badge on Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:07 pm

    This is really great! What a find! I have an early 1800's 2band sword bayonet that is marked to the 90th Winnipeg rifles. How splendid it would be to have a uniform to go with it.. Wink

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    Re: Royal Winnipeg Rifles "little black devils"

    Post by birkie on Tue Feb 11, 2014 7:39 pm

    Red Badge wrote:This is really great! What a find! I have an early 1800's 2band sword bayonet that is marked to the 90th Winnipeg rifles. How splendid it would be to have a uniform to go with it.. Wink 

    Thanks for your comments. It is unique piece of history but a little out of my area of expertise. It was recently pointed out to me that the chrome or nickel plated hook on the belt is likely a 1950's british police force issue. Also, the collar tabs are not identical, I believe the left tab is the original. I have donated the whole ensemble set to a Canadian military museum. A much more appropriate venue that hanging in my den. Cheers.

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    Re: Royal Winnipeg Rifles "little black devils"

    Post by servicepub on Thu Jul 16, 2015 10:00 am

    birkie wrote:
    Red Badge wrote:This is really great! What a find! I have an early 1800's 2band sword bayonet that is marked to the 90th Winnipeg rifles. How splendid it would be to have a uniform to go with it.. Wink 

    Thanks for your comments.  It is unique piece of history but a little out of my area of expertise.  It was recently pointed out to me that the chrome or nickel plated hook on the belt is likely a 1950's british police force issue. Also, the collar tabs are not identical, I believe the left tab is the original.  I have donated the whole ensemble set to a Canadian military museum. A much more appropriate venue that hanging in my den. Cheers.

    I would like to get some quality photos of this for possible use in a book. Can you PM me with the name of the museum please?
    Clive

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