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It is my understanding that the original scout neckerchiefs were square.

 

What were the dimensions of the square neckerchiefs?

 

When were the triangular neckerchiefs introduced?

 

Thank you

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yep 32x32 is the traditional size for the square necker. However I'ld recommend 36x36 for your adults and taller/larger scouts.

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shortridge,

Is 32 by 32 the traditional BSA dimensions? I thought I read somewhere that neckers from Europe, as well as other countries were larger, 40 by 40 maybe. This would definitely make them more useful.

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ASM915,

 

I have no idea... just passing along info from another source. I came along in the '80s and have never even seen a square neckerchief in the flesh, so to speak.

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Triangular bandages are commonly 37"x37"x52" or 40"x40"x56", so for a neckerchief to function as a triangular bandage, a larger size seems reasonable. As a scout in the 60's, my troop has a 32" square neckerchief which was adequate for bandaging scouts among other uses.

 

I found this link regarding Canadian neckers

http://scoutdocs.ca/Documents/Making_a_Necker.php

scroll to bottom and you will see their three "proper sizes" for neckers.

 

 

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My hub. neckerchief from New Zealand is in the 36 area it is a triangle and works great for all of the Scout suggested uses. It is also of a more sturdy material. The small ones are quite frankly a waste of time and for looks only.

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My officer corps boys wear a 36" square Meyers flag as a necker and it works great for any first aid issues as well.

 

Stosh

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The dimensions of the full-square neckerchiefs varied. The older ones from the 1920's were smaller and not exactly square. In 1940's dimensions changed to 32x32 and a coarser fabric was used in their manufacture. By 1950 they were pretty much gone in favor of the triangular scarves.

I have tons of the old full-squares - of all colors. I have tried to preserve them from being lost. If anyone wants one - or a bunch - they are free for the asking.

Just send me a message.

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