There have been many variations
in the MacLaren tartan swatches used on the traditional Wood
Badge neckerchief. David Miura has graciously supply scans of
variations he has in his collection with the following notes:
Three are from
the UK (most likely Scotland) and the other two are from the
US. I noticed that the BSA versions have vertical woven horizontal
strips whereas the UK versions are always horizontal. You'll
also notice striking differences in the color of the neckerchief
itself. I'm guessing that this characteristic, along with the
type of McLaren swatch, would help to date each n/c.
The one I've
labelled UK-1960 is confirmed from the early 60's. I met a woman
whose father received the Wood Badge in 1962 in the US, and know
of another person who received their Wood Badge in Finland in
1963. They both have this type of n/c. The UK-1994 is a wool
n/c that I received as a gift in 1994.
The US-1989 is
my own n/c that I got back then. The other one I don't know when
it's dated, but it has an unusually bright green swatch and an
unusually red n/c material. Perhaps over time, people will start
to place dates around when these varieties were issued.