Dagenham Girl Piper jacket

Object number

LDVAL 2007.31.2


after 1935 – before 1950


Black velvet jacket, part of the Dagenham Girl Pipers costume. Belonged to Joyce Reeland (9/11/1921 - 10/2001) who joined the Dagenham Girl Pipers in c1935. She was a bass drummer and rose to the rank of Sergeant. She travelled the world with them, visiting Paris, Ceylon and Germany, and entertained the troops during the war. On 14th April 1939 Joyce was one of the party who boarded the SS American Trader in London and set sail for America. She docked in New York on 24th April 1939. Joyce left the Pipers soon after and joined the Women's Army Corp band as a drummer and attained the rank of Corporal. In 1945 she demobbed and returned to the Dagenham Girl Pipers, and as part of a small group she travelled to Germany for 3 months to entertain the troops. She returned on New Years Eve the same year, and six weeks later went to India and Ceylon for 10 months. Joyce lived with her family at 34 Osborne Square, Dagenham. She left the Dagenham Girl Pipers in 1950. These items were rescued from a house clearance after her death by Nick Medway. See also Archive collection ACQ2007/16.

Physical description

Short black velvet jacket that fastens at the waist with a single cufflink style button. The full length sleeves have a deep asymmetrical cuff that is folded back onto the arm. The outer side of the cuff has 3 set of double braids, which increase in length, each one finished with a gilt square button. A floral lace frill hangs from the end of each cuff. On either side of the jacket at waist level are deep pockets, each with a turned over top edge to form 3 triangles. The point of each triangle is decorated with braiding and a square metal button.The gilded square cabochon buttons contain a central motif of 2 crossed swords, with a shield on top embossed with a lion rampant. Around the circumference are (possibly Gaelic) words. Handstiched throughout and lined with a heavy-weight man made black fabric.






Body length: 608mm
Body width: 410mm
Body width: 444mm
Sleeves length: 413mm


Outer: velvet
Buttons: Metal

Collection type


Alternative reference

Entry Number 1705/2 (2007-08-18)

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