Pre-WW1 Era Royal Artillery Captains No 1 Full Dress Jacket
A stunning Royal Artillery captains full dress jacket, made by 'Hodgson & Morgan' of Woolwich in fair condition.
This jacket had a fine dark blue wool base, with gilt brass Royal Artillery buttons to the front. There is a waist seam intersecting with the lower button hole and a red piping trim to the front placket. The jacket features a red wool stand collar with gold embroidered trim and padded bombs to each side. The epaulettes are latticed embroidery with gilt brass corps buttons and three padded embroidered pips to each. Thick embroidered detailing is featured on each of the cuffs, along with a pair of corps buttons to each side. The rear back panel is stitched into a patrol style cut with scalloped panels to each side of the rear skirt vent and red piping to the leading edge. Both panels have three corps buttons to each, with a further two to the centre of the waist seam. The inside is lined with a patterned cream padded silk rayon material, with a dark blue cotton to the lower skirt. The lining is largely in good condition with some staining and small rips to the upper portion. The collar is lined with the same dark blue cotton. The tailors label is stitched into the back of the collar and read 'Hodgson & Morgan Military Outfitters Woolwich', the officers name has unfortunately been cut and now only reads 'Captain R.'.
The two lower buttons to the front are unfortunately missing, though could easily be replaced. The central rank pip on the right epaulette has some damage to the top, leaving the padding exposed. There is some slight unravelling to the embroidery on the pips. The wool has regrettably suffered some attention from moths, there are some trails and a couple of small holes to the left lower front. This is the same with the right breast and underarm. There is some damage to the left base of the collar at the front, the top button has also pulled away from the material taking some of the material with it. This could be sympathetically repaired. The lower metal throat hook has broken on the male side, leaving only the top hook to close. There is also some wear to the red wool of the collar, mainly to the rear. There are some small with holes and one repair to the small of the back. There is some moth damage to the lower right side of the rear of the skirt, and also some small nips to the left side of the hem at the rear. The left sleeve has some clusters of small moth holes to the rear along the seam.
A truly beautiful tunic that has unfortunately suffered to some extent at the hands of moths. It would still display very well no doubt and only requires the minimal amount of repair to do so.
Early 20th Century, WW1