|Place||Oceania: Australia, Victoria|
|Physical description||Brass, Cotton tape, Cotton twill, Gold bullion lace, Wool twill|
A Bowley & Co
|Place made||Australia: Victoria, Melbourne|
|Date made||c 1885-1893|
Australian Colonial Forces, 1854-1900
Service dress tunic : Victorian Mounted Rifles
Khaki drab wool twill tunic with crimson stand collar and pointed cuffs. Front edge of collar rounded with no decoration. Khaki wool twill shoulder straps lined with khaki cotton twill and each with brass 'A' and 'VMR' shoulder titles and single small brass Victorian Military Forces button. Left sleeve has three gold lace sergeant's chevrons on crimson wool ground above elbow. On the lower right sleeve above cuff on a khaki wool ground, is an upward pointing good conduct chevron of white cotton herringbone tape with central woven magenta stripe. Front of tunic has two breast patch pockets without pleats, rounded flaps, and single brass military forces buttons. Five small Victorian Miltary Forces buttons down front made by 'BRYAN BROTHERS LONDON', 'H.W. MARTIN LONDON' and 'BECKWORTH'S LTD LONDON'. Brass belt hook at left waist. Tunic fully lined with khaki cotton twill with concealed pocket inside the right breast lined with brown cotton twill. Lining slightly padded around back armholes. Sleeves lined with white striped cotton twill. Collar lined with same khaki twill. At back neck an embroidered maker's label. Neck fastened with single brass hook and eye.
Custom made tunic probably from the early 1890s period as the patch pockets have no pleat. The concealed breast pocket is on the inside right front rather than the usual left. The Victorian Mounted Rifles were formed in 1885 and forty five detatchments were organised into nine companies. 'A' company was located over a wide area around Melbourne encompassing Geelong in the west, Gisborne in the north and Dromana in the South. By 1903 the VMR together with the Victorian Rangers and Melbourne Cavalry contributed to the regiments of Australian Light Horse in Victoria.