Service dress tunic : Lieutenant R J Hunter, 19 Battalion, AIF

Collection ID RELAWM14250.001
Collection type Heraldry
Title Service dress tunic : Lieutenant R J Hunter, 19 Battalion, AIF
Object type Uniform
Maker Unknown

Privately-made khaki wool twill tunic with open lapel collar. Oxidised brass 'Rising Sun' general service badges are attached to the top lapels by metal split pins and a buttoned fabric tab enables the collar to be worn around the neck. The tunic is secured by four large leather buttons. The shoulders straps are fastened to the tunic by a small leather button, and have an oxidised curved voided 'AUSTRALIA' shoulder title attached by brass spilt pins. The left strap has two oxidised brass pips indicating rank of lieutenant, but the right pips have been removed.

The front of the tunic has four patch pockets. The two on the breast have scalloped and lined buttoned flaps with a central box pleat, and the larger lower pockets are attached to the waistband and have expanding sides and a deep straight and lined double-buttoned flap. All the buttons are pressed leather to resemble plaiting. The attached self-fabric waistband has two brass belt hooks on either side of the waist to support a Sam Brown belt and a small hidden pocket sits behind the belt on the right.

At the top of each sleeve is a diamond-shaped wool flannel patch divided horizontally across the centre with green and brown, representing the 19th Battalion, 5th Brigade, 2nd Division. Sleeves have straight cuffs, and above the right cuff are four blue service chevrons, indicating four years of service, and a red chevron indicating service in 1914. The rear of the tunic has a single vent extending from the lower edge of the waistband to the hem. The sleeves are lined with cream-coloured brown striped cotton sateen and the rest of the tunic is fully lined with khaki cotton / wool blend twill. The maker's label has been removed.