Officer's frock coat : Victorian Military Forces

Place Oceania: Australia, Victoria
Accession Number REL/18597
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Gilded brass, Silk, Wool twill, Wool worsted
Maker Unknown
Date made c 1890-93
Conflict Australian Colonial Forces, 1854-1900

Dark blue double-breasted doeskin frock coat with stand collar and plain cuffs. Round cuffs have side opening and two small Victorian Military Forces buttons of the period 1880-1893. Coat has no shoulder straps or rank badges. Coat fronts have pointed lapels with each front having six large military forces buttons, one made by 'H.W. MARTIN LONDON' and the others unmarked. On the right front are three embroidered eyelets arranged in a triangle with two at the top and one below, possibly for attachment of aiguillettes. The skirt is open at the back to the waist with two large buttons at the waist and two more at the bottom of each skirt flap, positioned on the inner sides of each back pleat. Brass belt hook at left waist. Fully lined with black ribbed silk twill, although sections of the collar and back neck lining have been replaced with a black wool twill. Sleeves lined with white ribbed silk twill. Neck fastens with two ferrous metal hooks and eyes.

History / Summary

Frock coat of the style worn by general staff officers. Frock coats were sometimes worn on parade by officers when full dress was not required.