jacket; battledress

Production date
Circa 1860
Dark blue military hip length wool jacket with stand up collar, olive/brown silk and cotton twill weave lining in the torso area and cream-coloured twill weave cotton lining in the sleeves. The right front half has a small pocket inserted under the fulled wool fabric layer with a slanted opening. The front fastens with seven metal buttons, which have a black finish layer on them, under the edge of the left half.
The front edges, hem, cuffs (all 4cm wide) and collar(1.5cm wide) are decorated with green woven woollen bands. Green woollen (cotton or linen core) cord follows the edges of the green bands and forms decorative loops on cuffs, collar, lower centre back and lower centre front of the jacket. The cuffs have a red section in the front and the collar also has a red fulled wool fabric band. The top and bottom edges of the collar are finished off with a black cord. Similar cord forms twisted 'epaulettes' on both of the shoulders. The top halves of the sleeves bear badges formed of three silver-coloured woven metal thread V-shaped braids stitched onto the support cloth of red fulled wool. The badges are stitched onto the sleeves. The lining in the top front and back is lightly padded. There is a hanging loop at the centre back of the collar. A belt carrying metal hook is located on the left side seam on the waist level. A metal hook and eye fasten the collar in the centre front.
Thought to be the uniform of the early Volunteers, c1860. The buttons with the crown and bugle were the general ones for the Rifle corps. Scan of identification letter in e-files.
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Object Detail

Production date
Circa 1860
Measurement type, part and reading
Dimensions:0 - Whole:L 78cm (L 2' 6 11/16")
Dimensions:W 45cm (W 1' 5 11/16")
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