1899/1900 Pattern Rifle Brigade Officers Greatcoat
A stunning example of a Rifle Brigade captains greatcoat, conforming to the 1899/1900 pattern with additional details for mounted use. The coat is fitted with King's crown buttons and likely dates somewhere from 1910 to the Great War.
This greatcoat features black metal Rifle Brigade regimental buttons and three black rank pips to each epaulette. There are twelve buttons to the front in a double breasted style with twin collar hooks to the throat. There are two scalloped flaps to the rear, each with three buttons. There are two buttons to the epaulettes, though one button is missing. The sleeves feature turn back cuffs, along with a small jetted pocket to the left sleeve to enable the hilt of the sword to pass through. There is a thin length of lined material to accommodate a sword, with a cinch buckle fixing. The collar features a stitched throat tab closure and a pair of silk covered buttons on the opposite side to fasten across the collar.
The wool is largely in good condition, with several subtle moth tracks but only a few small moth nips. The only discernible area of damage to the wool is on the epaulette where the button looks to have been inexpertly removed, causing a hole nearby and a small slit in the collar. That epaulette button is missing, but is the only regimental button to be absent. The only other button to be missing is a single plastic one from the rear skirt closure. The hanging chain has become detached from one side, leaving a small hole where it has pulled from the material. The coat is well lined in a purple polished cotton, though there are a few large holes and several accompanying small ones.
Size is on the larger taller size and approximate measurements make it 20 inches pit to pit, 26 shoulder seam to cuff and 52 inches base of collar to hem.
Early 20th Century, WW1, Second Boer War