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Pillbox and Puttees

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Nom de l'objet : Pillbox and Puttees
Type de l'objet : Uniform
Classification de l'objet : Man-made Artefact
Catégorie de l'objet : Communication Artefact
Sous-catégorie de l'objet : Personal Symbol
Discipline : History
Local History
Material Culture
Matériaux : Brass
Technique de fabrication : Stamped
Numéro d'accession : NoAccession05
Fabricant : Fox (puttees)
Pays d'origine : England
Continent d'origine : Europe
Province d'utilisation : Newfoundland and Labrador
Pre-confederation Newfoundland
Pays d'utilisation : Canada
Dominion of Newfoundland
Culture : British
Secteur géo-culturel : European
Contexte culturel : Para-Military Uniform
Date de début de production : 1900
Date de fin de production : c 1920s
Période : Early 20th Century
Description : This artefact consists of two items of Church Lad's Brigade uniform from the turn of the century. The hat is known as a pillbox hat and is oval in shape, with a frame constructed of a stiff cardboard covered by blue wool. There is a yellow wool band that runs the entire circumference of the lower portion of the hat. On the flat top of the pillbox there is a yellow wool covered button stitched to the center of the hat. The inside of the cap is lined with black wool and has been stamped with the maker's information which reads "The Church Lad's Brigade Aldwych London. WC." There is also a size imprinted on the inside of the hat, of 19 ¾. The size of the hat indicates it was intended for use by a youth. The hat band is composed of a strip of brown leather that has been stitched to the lower edge of the inside and folded up so that the finished side of the band faces the wearers head. The hat band is one strip of leather that overlaps in the rear, the rear being indicated by a small ribbon bow stitched to the inside of the hat. The brigade hat badge is affixed to the center of the front of the cap by the use of lugs soldered to the back of the badge. The lugs protrude through the cardboard of the hat where a split pin has been placed through the lugs, thus keeping the badge securely in place. The hat badge is composed of crossed swords with the hilts pointing towards the bottom, overlaid with a circular garter which houses a cross whose center is made up of a circle. At the top between the points of the crossed swords is a profile view of a helmet with crest and visor. Starting on the left-hand side of the device and proceeding in a counter clockwise fashion filling the remaining gaps created by the crossed swords are the initials C B L. Around the device is a grater which contains block lettering reading "FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT." Behind the badge an oval of red wool has been placed to show through the voids of the design, though the wool has long since faded to a dull pink. The Puttees are composed of a length of khaki wool that has been stitched along all edges to prevent the unravelling of the material. Attached to one end is a length of ribbon that is used to secure the puttee. The end of the puttee to which the ribbon has been attached has had the edges folded and stitched down to form a triangular shape. A black cloth label has been affixed to each triangular end which reads "Fox Wellington Summerset F.P.I. Patent 4214-1909." Each puttee has been marked as left or right by the addition of a small brass plate to the corner of the puttee bearing either a 'L' or 'R.' The puttee was wrapped in a spiral fashion around the wearers leg from ankle to knee and secured by the ribbon just under the joint.
Commentaires : Earnest Albert Snow was from the town of Griquet on the tip of the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland. Like many other Church Lads, Snow enlisted in the Newfoundland Regiment. He enlisted at the CLB Armoury in St. John's on the 13th of October 1915 and was given the regimental number of 1912. His attestation papers listed him as 18 years and 7 months standing 5 foot 6 inches tall with a chest measurement of 37 inches, blue eyes and light brown hair. He listed his trade at time of enlistment as school boy. Snow was discharged from service as medically unfit two years later in 1917. His discharge papers trace the deterioration of his health starting in January of 1916. Snow was transferred to Paisley hospital in England. While at Paisley he caught the measles and was then moved to the convalescent hospital in Lanark, Scotland. There he was recorded as having contracted diphtheria which resulted in a move to the Lanark fever hospital. While at the fever hospital he caught the Scarlet Fever. He eventually recovered but from his illnesses but was left with a lasting weakness and fainting spells. He was deemed to be fit only for light duties. His record carefully notes that he was perfectly healthy prior to his illnesses and states the official cause of his condition as "exposure on ordinary military service." He was discharged at 20 years of age in St. John's. His discharge papers recorded his intention to return to Griquet to fish.
Fonctions : These items form part of the uniform that was worn by the Newfoundland Church Lad's Brigade upon its founding in 1892. The pillbox and puttees belonged to cadet Earnest Albert Snow a member of the brigade during the first decade of the 20th century.
Hauteur : 6.5 (Hat)
Longueur : 16 (Hat)
Largeur : 15 (Hat); 11 (Puttees)
Unité de mesure linéaire : cm
Nombre d'objets : 1
Nombre de parties composantes : 3
Nom des parties composantes : Hat
Étiquette ou poinçon : Hat The Church Lad's Brigade Aldwych London. WC.
Puttees FOC Wellington- Summerset F.I.P. Patent 4212-1909
Établissement : Church Lad's Brigade Archives and Museum
Ville de l'établissement : St. John's
Province de l'établissement : Newfoundland and Labrador
Site web de l'établissement : http://www.theclb.ca 

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