Rare, unusual and interesting antique costumes and textiles; for museums and collectors looking for that extra special piece, for new and established collectors and for those with a modest budget who want to adorn their person or home.


Royal Stewart Hard Tartan

Hard Tartan is rare.  It is woven from stiff worsted wool, the fibres combed into alignment before being spun into a yarn. The resulting yarn is smooth and cool and will weave into a crisp looking and heavy wool cloth, ideal for kilts or coats, being extremely warm and waterproof. The fabric will have been woven by Wm Wilson and Son of Bannockburn*

When King George IV visited Edinburgh in 1822, Sir Walter Scott, who was involved in organizing the celebrations, called for everyone to be plaided and plumed’** in tartan.




Woven in scarlet, sage green, yellow and off white with worsted wool.

4ft 8 in  x 25 in; 1.4 m  x 64 cm selvedge to selvedge


In remarkabble condition consiering it is wool. I can find around 30 holes from pin pricks to end of a pencil size (6).