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Other Name
HIGHLAND COSTUME SET
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1910
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, COTTON, LEATHER
Catalogue Number
P19705629000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HIGHLAND COSTUME SET
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1910
Materials
WOOL, COTTON, LEATHER
No. Pieces
14
Description
.1 SCOTTISH CAPE OR PLAID. 10 CM. WTH., 26.6 CM LTH. GREEN, RED PLAID. FRINGED. .2 SCOTTISH KILT (SET). WOOL, COTTON. SIZE: 35 WAIST, 24 3/8 LENGTH. "J. STEWART" IN INDELIBLE INK IN WAISTBAND. SIX BUTTONS AT WAIST. LEATHER STRAP, FRONT CLOSING. GREEN AND RED PLAID. PARTIALLY LINED IN BACK WITH COTTON. .3 SCOTTISH MILITARY JACKET. WOOL, STEEL, COTTON. 3 PIECES. SIZE: 42 EIGHT STEEL BUTTON FRONT, THISTLE EMBOSSED ON FRONT. FOUR SETS OF DOUBLE FLAPS AT WAISTLINE WITH THREE BUTTONS ON EACH. GREEN EPAULETS (DETACHABLE) ATTACHED TO JACKET THROUGH SHOULDER TABS. BEIGE, GREEN AND BLUE PLAID WOOL LINING. SLEEVES LINED IN COTTON. .4 SCOTTISH SPORRAN (SET).15.2 CM WTH., 45.7 CM LTH. HORSE HAIR, LEATHER, STEEL. 2 PIECES. WHITE HORSE HAIR. BACKGROUND TWELVE BLACK HORSE HAIR TASSELS. BROWN LEATHER BACKING HAS POCKET. C/W BROWN LEATHER BELT. STEEL TOP EMBOSSED WITH THISTLE .5 "CAIRNGORM" OR CAPE PIN. 9.5 CM DIA. STEEL, AMBER STONE. AMBER COLOURED STONE, SET IN STEEL BACKGROUND WITH TASSELS EMBOSSED ON IT. PLEASE REFERENCE HISTORY FIELD FOR MORE INFORMATION ON CAIRNGORM'S CONDITION . .6 SCOTTISH LEGGINGS. 17 CM WTH., 34 CM LTH. HAND KNIT. TWEED AND ARGYLE PATTERN IN RED, GREEN AND NAVY. .7 IDENTICAL TO .6 .8 SCOTTISH OVERGAITERS. 27.6 CM HT. LEATHER, CANVAS, COTTON, PLASTIC. WHITE CANVAS GAITERS WITH WHITE COTTON LINING, LEATHER FOOT STRAPS. EIGHT BUTTON SIDE OPENINGS. FOUR ORIGINAL BUTTONS, TWO REPLACEMENTS. "JS" IN PURPLE FELT PEN INSIDE EACH. "7" "6 DUNN (?)" ON PT. 9. .9 IDENTICAL TO .8. HAS THREE ORIGINAL BUTTONS, ONE REPLACEMENT. .10 SCOTTISH GARTERS (SET). 15.8 CM WTH., 15.2 CM LTH. HANDMADE. DECORATION OF RED WOOL RIBBON GARTER OF INNER TUBE. .11 IDENTICAL TO .10
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ETHNOGRAPHIC
LEISURE
History
WORN BY JAMES STEWART, MEMBER OF THE CALEDONIAN PIPE BAND. AS A RESULT OF RESEARCH DONE IN CONJUNCTION WITH A SCOTTISH-THEMED EXHIBIT IN 2009, THE GALT CONDUCTED NEW RESEARCH INTO THE EXISTENCE AND ACTIVITIES OF THE CALEDONIAN PIPE BAND. THIS UNIFORM WAS WORN BY CALEDONIAN PIPE BAND MEMBER JAMES STEWART WHO LEFT SCOTLAND AND CAME TO CANADA WITH HIS WIFE GEORGINA AND FAMILY IN 1914. THE FAMILY SETTLED IN LETHBRIDGE IN APRIL 1914, WHERE THEY WOULD REMAIN FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. STEWART WAS BORN IN EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND ON 23 JANUARY 1887. HE JOINED LETHBRIDGE'S 61ST OVERSEAS ARTILLERY BATTERY IN 1916 AND WAS PREVIOUSLY EMPLOYED IN LETHBRIDGE AS A MINER. FORMED IN APPROXIMATELY 1909, THE BAND WAS CLOSELY LINKED WITH LETHBRIDGE’S CALEDONIAN SOCIAL CLUB. IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT IN LOCAL HALLS OR AT SOMBER FUNERARY EVENTS, THE BAND TRAVELED THROUGHOUT SOUTHERN ALBERTA AND MONTANA TO PARTICIPATE IN OTHER COMMUNITIES’ COMPETITIONS AND ROBBIE BURNS’ EVENTS. THE BAND WAS EXTREMELY ACTIVE IN THE 20S, HOWEVER, INTEREST WANED BY THE DECADE’S END AND THE BAND IS SUSPECTED TO HAVE DISBANDED BY 1933. BASED ON THE UNIFORM’S SHOULDER DETAILS AND AVAILABLE PHOTOGRAPHS IN ARCHIVES, IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS UNIFORM DATES TO THE 1920S. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON JAMES STEWART, PLEASE REFER TO THE DONATION'S PERMANENT FILE. CAIRNGORM DISCOVERED TO BE IN MULTIPLE PIECES, DAMAGED CONDITION BY COLLECTIONS STAFF IN THE MID 1990'S. UNKNOWN WHEN THE DAMAGE OCCURRED. ONE SECTION OF SETTING WAS MISSING AND ONE SECTION OF SETTING AND JEWEL WERE ACCOUNTED FOR BUT DETACHED (SEE PHOTOS IN PERMANENT FILE ). IN DECEMBER/JANUARY, 2010 THE GALT CONTACTED DAVE MERESKI OF THE LOCAL BUSINESS 'THE GOLDWORKS' TO REPAIR THE SETTING ON ACCOUNT OF A REQUEST BY ROY STEWART - A DESCENDANT OF JAMES STEWART. ADDITIONALLY, THE UNIFORM SET WAS ON REGULAR DISPLAY THROUGHOUT IN 2009 AND WAS SCHEDULED FOR EXHIBIT IN 2010. DAVE MERESKI RE-BUILT THE MISSING SECTION WITH SPECIALTY LASER EQUIPMENT, RETURNING THE JEWEL TO ITS ORIGINAL MOUNT.
Catalogue Number
P19705629000
Acquisition Date
1970-05
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, SILK, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19990053003
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1920
Materials
WOOL, SILK, STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
10.0
Length
98.0
Width
56.5
Description
MEN'S FROCK COAT. BLACK WOOL. DOUBLE BREASTED; BUTTONS ARE STEEL, OVERLAID WITH BLACK THREAD IN A WEAVE PATTERN. IMPRESSED INTO BACK OF EACH BUTTON IS "CARANTIE * 32 * ". COAT HAS NOTCHED LAPELS, THAT END IN A V-SHAPE. COLLAR IS SLIGHTLY NARROWER THAN LAPELS. THERE ARE TWO BUTTON HOLES ON LAPEL, ONE OF WHICH IS SEWN UP. BELOW WAIST LINE JACKET IS SLIGHTLY FULLER. THERE ARE NO OUTSIDE POCKETS, BUT A WELT POCKET ON EACH INSIDE BREAST. INSIDE OF JACKET IS LINED WITH BLACK SILK, EXCEPT FOR SLEEVES WHICH ARE LINED WITH A WHITE AND BLACK STRIPED COTTON. LINING ON RIGHT ARM IS LOOSE, AND APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN REPAIRED. THERE ARE THREE SMALLER BUTTONS SAME AS ABOVE, ON EACH CUFF, WITH MOCK BUTTONHOLES. BACK OF JACKET, HAS A VENT, ABOVE WHICH ARE 2 BUTTONS (SAME AS ABOVE). EACH 'TAIL' OF VENT HAS A HIDDEN SLIT POCKET ON INSIDE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
FINE ARTS
PERSONAL CARE
History
ORIGIN DATE OF THIS COAT IS UNKNOWN, BUT FROCK COATS WERE WORN BY MEN FROM THE END OF THE 18TH CENTURY THROUGH THE 19TH CENTURY. COULD HAVE BEEN REPLICATED LATER TO COPY AN EARLIER STYLE. DONOR IS A HIGH SCHOOL PHYS. ED. TEACHER. SHE DID DRAMA IN SCHOOLS AND LOCAL THEATRE, AND ENTIRE COLLECTION WAS GIVEN TO HER BY LOCAL PEOPLE. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DONOR GAIL HOLLAND’S ACQUISITION, STEWARDSHIP AND GENERAL USE OF HER 1999-DONATED COLLECTION PLEASE REFER TO RECORD P19990053001. ***UPDATE: ARTIFACT INSIGHT BELOW SUBMITTED BY DONOR AND COLLECTIONS VOLUNTEER GAIL HOLLAND ON 19 APRIL 2011. “FROCK COAT WAS USED AS A COSTUME PIECE IN “OLIVER” LETHBRIDGE MUSICAL THEATRE IN 1975 AND WAS WORN BY THE CHARACTER PLAYING OLIVER’S GRANDFATHER.”
Catalogue Number
P19990053003
Acquisition Date
2000-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail