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Bearskin Collection

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Background imageBearskin Collection: British Military Poster - Inter-war period

British Military Poster - Inter-war period
Smart Men Wanted, rates of pay for soldiers enlisted or re-enlisted, Scots Guards, on or after 26 October 1925. Coloured chromolithograph recruitment poster after A W Baylis, 1925

Background imageBearskin Collection: Poster for Welsh Guards

Poster for Welsh Guards
Smart men wanted to join the Welsh Guards, pictured here in full uniform during the Changing of the Guard ceremony at St. James Palace

Background imageBearskin Collection: The Colours: advance of the Scots Guards at the Alma, 1899 (oil on canvas)

The Colours: advance of the Scots Guards at the Alma, 1899 (oil on canvas)
BAL3952 The Colours: advance of the Scots Guards at the Alma, 1899 (oil on canvas) by Butler, Lady (Elizabeth Southerden Thompson) (1846-1933); 98x155.6 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageBearskin Collection: King Edward VIII

King Edward VIII
EDWARD VIII Portrait of King Edward VIII, later Duke of Windsor photogrpahed in full dress uniform

Background imageBearskin Collection: Band of the Coldstream Guards marching past Buckingham Palace during the rehearsal for Trooping

Band of the Coldstream Guards marching past Buckingham Palace during the rehearsal for Trooping the Colour, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageBearskin Collection: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Bandsman, Piper and Drummer of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Date: circa 1908

Background imageBearskin Collection: British Military Poster - Inter-war period

British Military Poster - Inter-war period
Grenadier Guards, smart men wanted. Colour chromolithograph poster after A W Baylis, 1927. Published by HMs Stationery Office

Background imageBearskin Collection: Coldstream Guards on a Christmas and New Year card

Coldstream Guards on a Christmas and New Year card, changing sentry duty in the snow. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageBearskin Collection: British Military Recruitment Poster, WWI

British Military Recruitment Poster, WWI
His Majestys Coldstream Guards, God Save the King. Chromolithograph recruitment poster after Ernest Ibbetson, 1914. Showing central group in various uniforms

Background imageBearskin Collection: Three Coldstream Guards -- Crimean Braves

Three Coldstream Guards -- Crimean Braves
Three Coldstream Guards posing in uniform, with their weapons, in a photograph entitled Crimean Braves. The men are Joseph Numa, John Potter and James Deal

Background imageBearskin Collection: Scottish regiments of the British Army, 1895 (colour litho)

Scottish regiments of the British Army, 1895 (colour litho)
5235836 Scottish regiments of the British Army, 1895 (colour litho) by Simkin, Richard (1840-1926) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Scottish regiments of the British Army, 1895)

Background imageBearskin Collection: The Coldstream Guards taking over the Colour

The Coldstream Guards taking over the Colour
circa 1910s

Background imageBearskin Collection: Grenadier Guards at St Michaels Mount

Grenadier Guards at St Michaels Mount
The 2nd Battalion of the Grenadier Guards visit St Michaels Mount, West Cornwall

Background imageBearskin Collection: Pipe Major of The Scots Guards

Pipe Major of The Scots Guards in full ceremonial dress. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageBearskin Collection: Piper David Muir, 42nd Highlanders (Black Watch) (b / w photo)

Piper David Muir, 42nd Highlanders (Black Watch) (b / w photo)
NAM261004 Piper David Muir, 42nd Highlanders (Black Watch) (b/w photo) by Cundall, Joseph (1818-95) & Howlett, Robert (1831-58); National Army Museum

Background imageBearskin Collection: Detachment of The Black Watch in Dundee, Scotland

Detachment of The Black Watch in Dundee, Scotland
Threatening encounters between rioters and the police in Dundee, Scotland, brought a large detachment of The Black Watch to the city

Background imageBearskin Collection: Scots Guards marching along The Mall, Trooping the Colour, London, England

Scots Guards marching along The Mall, Trooping the Colour, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageBearskin Collection: Officer of the 11th Hussars

Officer of the 11th Hussars. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageBearskin Collection: Recruiting Bands / Wwi

Recruiting Bands / Wwi
A poster asking for people to donate to or join a recruiting band, a popular method of recruiting men during World War One

Background imageBearskin Collection: Portrait of a guard in a bearskin busby standing in front of a sentry box outside Buckingham Palace

Portrait of a guard in a bearskin busby standing in front of a sentry box outside Buckingham Palace, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageBearskin Collection: Drummer Boy / Grenadier

Drummer Boy / Grenadier
Drummer boy of the Grenadier Guards

Background imageBearskin Collection: Military / Sentry Relieved

Military / Sentry Relieved
A sentry being relieved (Coldstream Guards)

Background imageBearskin Collection: Pipe Band, Tomintoul

Pipe Band, Tomintoul, Highlands, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageBearskin Collection: Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace - Christmas card

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace - Christmas card
Changing of the (Scots) Guards at Buckingham Palace - Christmas greetings card design by Harry Payne for Raphael Tuck & Sons. Date: circa 1908

Background imageBearskin Collection: Battle of Inkerman, Crimean War 1854

Battle of Inkerman, Crimean War 1854
Battle of Inkerman during the Crimean War. Date: 5th November 1854

Background imageBearskin Collection: The Royal Scots Greys - 2nd Dragoons

The Royal Scots Greys - 2nd Dragoons. Officer - Review order. The Colonel-in-Chief was (at this time) Tsar Nicholas II ! Date: circa 1910s

Background imageBearskin Collection: Gordon Highlanders dipping the colours

Gordon Highlanders dipping the colours to royalty on Constitution Hill. Date: circa 1908

Background imageBearskin Collection: Duke and Duchess of York in Edinburgh

Duke and Duchess of York in Edinburgh
Late in May 1929, the Duke and Duchess of York visited Edinburgh, Scotland. This photograph shows the Duke, in the full Dress of the Cameron Highlanders, walking with the Duchess to a service at St

Background imageBearskin Collection: Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace, New Guard marching, colourful spectacle

Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace, New Guard marching, colourful spectacle and British pageantry, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageBearskin Collection: Bass Drummer of the Northumberland Fusiliers

Bass Drummer of the Northumberland Fusiliers in his traditional ceremonial costume, featuring the whole skin of a leopard Date: circa 1910s

Background imageBearskin Collection: Soldiers at Trooping the Colour 2012, The Queens Official Birthday Parade, Horse Guards

Soldiers at Trooping the Colour 2012, The Queens Official Birthday Parade, Horse Guards, Whitehall, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageBearskin Collection: Changing the guard at the Royal Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark, Scandinavia, Europe

Changing the guard at the Royal Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark, Scandinavia, Europe

Background imageBearskin Collection: Noble, Dawson and Harper, 72nd (Duke of Albanys Own Highlanders

Noble, Dawson and Harper, 72nd (Duke of Albanys Own Highlanders
NAM261003 Noble, Dawson and Harper, 72nd (Duke of Albanys Own Highlanders) Regiment of Foot (b/w photo) by Cundall, Joseph (1818-95) & Howlett, Robert (1831-58); National Army Museum

Background imageBearskin Collection: Sir Winston Churchill as a Lieutenant in the 4th Hussars in 1895 (photogravure)

Sir Winston Churchill as a Lieutenant in the 4th Hussars in 1895 (photogravure)
STC364889 Sir Winston Churchill as a Lieutenant in the 4th Hussars in 1895 (photogravure) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Background imageBearskin Collection: Monstrosities of 1819 & 1820, pub. 1835 (hand coloured engraving)

Monstrosities of 1819 & 1820, pub. 1835 (hand coloured engraving)
2636975 Monstrosities of 1819 & 1820, pub. 1835 (hand coloured engraving) by Cruikshank, George (1792-1878); Private Collection; The Stapleton Collection; English, out of copyright

Background imageBearskin Collection: The Coldstream Guards (colour litho)

The Coldstream Guards (colour litho)
3095831 The Coldstream Guards (colour litho) by Payne, Henry A. (Harry) (1868-1940); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Coldstream Guards. Postcard, early 20th century.); © Look and Learn

Background imageBearskin Collection: Mandan Indians, with Medicine Man in Bear Skin, c1875

Mandan Indians, with Medicine Man in Bear Skin, c1875. The Mandan traditionally lived along the banks of the Missouri River and two of its tributaries, the Heart and the Knife

Background imageBearskin Collection: Corporal - Drummer Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Corporal - Drummer Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Corporal - drummer. Royal Welsh Fusiliers (1903-4) in Full dress. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageBearskin Collection: Naughty boy urinating onto a bearskin rug (colour litho)

Naughty boy urinating onto a bearskin rug (colour litho)
6000041 Naughty boy urinating onto a bearskin rug (colour litho) by European School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Naughty boy urinating onto a bearskin rug)

Background imageBearskin Collection: Arnault as Menzaroff in 'Les Cosaques' at the Theatre de la Gaite

Arnault as Menzaroff in "Les Cosaques" at the Theatre de la Gaite
5855460 Arnault as Menzaroff in "Les Cosaques" at the Theatre de la Gaite.; (add.info.: Arnault as Menzaroff in "Les Cosaques" at the Theatre de la Gaite)

Background imageBearskin Collection: Military uniform of the French Guards, Garde-Francaise, 1789

Military uniform of the French Guards, Garde-Francaise, 1789. Handcoloured lithograph from Le Bibliophile Jacob aka
FLO4572438 Military uniform of the French Guards, Garde-Francaise, 1789. Handcoloured lithograph from Le Bibliophile Jacob aka Paul Lacroix's Costumes Historique de la France

Background imageBearskin Collection: Sarcee man Massika in feather headdress and face tattoo or scarification

Sarcee man Massika in feather headdress and face tattoo or scarification
FLO4605335 Sarcee man Massika in feather headdress and face tattoo or scarification, and Blackfoot chief Mehkskeme-Sukahs with feather headdress, medicine fetish and bearskin cape

Background imageBearskin Collection: The Welsh Guards leaving Buckingham Palace, London

The Welsh Guards leaving Buckingham Palace, London
circa 1910s

Background imageBearskin Collection: Uniform of Officer and Sergeant of the Seaforth Highlanders (Rosshire Buffs, Duke

Uniform of Officer and Sergeant of the Seaforth Highlanders (Rosshire Buffs, Duke of Albany s) - formed in 1778 by Earl of Seaforth. Date: 1942

Background imageBearskin Collection: The Irish Guards leaving St. James Palace after Changing Guard, 1933. Creator: Unknown

The Irish Guards leaving St. James Palace after Changing Guard, 1933. Creator: Unknown
The Irish Guards leaving St. James Palace after Changing Guard, 1933. One of the great tourist attractions of London: This ceremony takes place every morning at 10.30 at St James Palace

Background imageBearskin Collection: Picture No. 12479990

Picture No. 12479990
Cat guardsman Date:

Background imageBearskin Collection: Changing of the Guard, Amalienborg Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark

Changing of the Guard, Amalienborg Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark

Background imageBearskin Collection: Guards on Horseback, Changing of the Guard, Amalienborg Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark

Guards on Horseback, Changing of the Guard, Amalienborg Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark




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"Bearskin: A Symbol of Honor, Tradition, and Bravery in the British Military" Step into a world where history meets valor, as we explore the captivating significance within the British military. From the striking poster for Welsh Guards to the inter-war period's iconic British military poster, this timeless headgear has left an indelible mark on our collective memory. The colors unfurl with pride as we witness the advance of the Scots Guards at Alma through an exquisite oil painting from 1899. The Band of Coldstream Guards marches past Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour rehearsal, epitomizing precision and discipline that resonates throughout London's streets. Intriguingly adorned by Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in a World War I recruitment poster, bearskins become a symbol not only of strength but also resilience amidst turmoil. Three Coldstream Guards stand tall as Crimean Braves on a Christmas and New Year card - their unwavering spirit encapsulated in every brushstroke. Grenadier Guards stationed at St Michaels Mount evoke images of steadfast guardianship while donning their majestic bearskins. Meanwhile, Pipe Major of The Scots Guards mesmerizes with his melodic tunes that echo through time itself. A detachment from The Black Watch proudly parades through Dundee's streets - embodying Scotland's rich heritage intertwined with bravery forged on countless battlefields. And who can forget those awe-inspiring moments when Scots Guards march along The Mall during Trooping the Colour? Their synchronized steps reverberate with national pride. Beyond its visual allure lies a deeper meaning; each bearskin represents centuries-old traditions passed down from generation to generation. It embodies honor earned through sacrifice and dedication to duty – an emblematic reminder etched into every thread. As we delve into these glimpses from history, let us pay homage to those who have worn this iconic headdress – men and women whose unwavering commitment to their country has made them true heroes.