Here is a red serge, corporal rank.
Based on a tag inside, this dates from 1981.
It has the GRC RCMP shoulder titles, the collar dogs, 2 stars on the left shoulder each indicating 5 years of service, the corporal chevrons on the upper right sleeve and the rifle marksmanship badge on the lower left sleeve.
While this is a bit old, it has no rips, tears etc.
About the only thing wrong with this, is that the sleeves are 3 inches (7.6 cm) too long on me.
Here is an officer's tunic.
Note the blue around the cuffs to distinguish an officer from a distance.
It has no tag inside. The person from whom I obtained this said that he has had it since the 1980s.
It is missing the buttons on the epaulettes. Not only that, but the buttons apparently were meant to be screwed into the shoulders, because there are screw holes that you can see in the pic. I obviously need these types of buttons for this outfit.
There are no patches, badges, collar dogs or shoulder titles on this one.
This one is a bit too small for me. I can put it on just fine, but can't button it closed.
ABOVE -- a button from the top pictured red serge, from 1981
Each star indicates 5 years of service. In police departments that use some type of badges or patches on the sleeves to indicate years of service, it is not unusual for the rookies to be referred to as slick sleeved due to having no indication of years of service.
BELOW - note the design in the red fabric. Agencies are very specific about exact placement of anything on the uniform (as they should be).
BELOW -- old style brown serge, Sergeant rank. Has the older style shoulder flash. The lower left sleeve shows the badges for rifle and revolver marksmanship, plus Musical Ride.
BELOW 2 pics -- closeups of the chevrons and the left sleeve badges.
ABOVE -- another old brown serge, Corporal rank. Has a slip on rank item on the left epaulette. Has the very old black shoulder emblem plus 2 stars to show 10 years of service. The collar dogs are silver colored with no enamel.
BELOW -- old coat for a superintendent -- the pic after this shows the shoulder insignia. The collar dogs are brass colored with no black enamel.
BELOW -- a closeup of the blue coat just above, showing the shoulder insignia, a collar dog and the sewn on ribbon for the Long Service Good Conduct medal with 2 silver stars for 30 years of service. You can also see the RCMP crest on the silver buttons.
BELOW -- the loose metal bars with 1, 2 and 3 stars, which go on the 20 years of service ribbon pictured above. Each star added to the ribbon indicates an additional 5 years of service. I think the bars are supposed to be bronze, silver and gold, respectively.
BELOW - an old pea coat for a Staff Sergeant. It has RCMP shoulder insignia though you can't see that.
BELOW -- old nylon jacket with prior issue shoulder flash.
BELOW - an old forage/duty hat with the King's Crown hat badge. Not sure what the yellow stripe means - if anything - can someone contact me to let me know? Not sure if it signified a certain rank. I have seen this style of hat, with the stripe, pictured in a book, but the book said nothing about the significance of the stripe.
BELOW - closeup of the above hat badge.
BELOW - old fur cap with King's Crown hat badge. Not sure exactly how old this is. The front flap has been sewn into the top area of the hat so that the front flap never falls down. The 2 lugs on the back of the hat badge were removed and a screw & bolt installed, and the hat badge screws on to the hat flap.
BELOW -- a closeup of the above hat badge.
BELOW -- forage hat with what I believe to be the current hat badge. Note the yellow band -- this piece of cloth can be removed in warmer weather, showing the yellow mesh underneath it. This hat would be used by all ranks below Inspector.
BELOW -- old hat for Inspectors and Superintendents. Also has an old style hat badge. These hat badges are interesting because the center silver part with the bison and the word, Canada, are metal. The rest of the item is the thick metallic stitching commonly referred to as bullion thread. So the hat piece is combined cloth and metal.
BELOW -- Stetson that came to me with the corporal's red serge shown way above. So this may be from 1981 or earlier. It's in great shape with no holes.
BELOW -- a pic of the RCMP logo found on the inside of the hatband.
BELOW -- a pic of the manufacturer's name, Biltmore.
ABOVE -- the breeches that came with the top red serge pictured (from 1981). On the metal tags on the suspender straps is the word, Police.
This is an authorized reproduction of the North West Mounted Police Officers' waist or belt plate.
This item was used to fasten the sword belts of the new uniform.
The replica shown is made of zinc. The buffalo head is plated with rhodium while the remainder is plated with 24 karat gold. It was manufactured by Canadian Buttons Limited of Montreal to commemorate the 100th anniversary of The Force- as a limited edition of 1,000.
BELOW -- 2 Sam Browne belts with cross straps. The bottom one appears to be unused. The top one has the officer's name printed on the other side of the belt.
BELOW - a nice belt buckle, but not a uniform item.
BELOW -- I have seen old pics of this type and style of belt buckle. It was worn by members of the NWMP long ago.
BELOW -- silver colored tie bar (looks gold but it's not) with detailed crest. Tough to focus on something so tiny. On the actual item, you can clearly read the words. I believe this was an old uniform item.