A Waterloo Period Lt Generalís Full Dress Coatee
An extremely rare Waterloo period scarlet melton cloth Lt Generalís full dress Coatee dating to just prior to 1815. The double breasted coatee has twelve rows of gold embroidered chain link loops to the front shown in groups of three with gilt buttons of crossed sword and baton. The fold over breast fronts are also embroidered on the reverse and thus allow for the coatee to be worn in several styles. The coatee is fastened with hook and eye attachments to the front.
The collar is embroidered with a single gold chain link loop on dark blue facings that meet at the front and the cuffs and forearms of the sleeves are also embroidered with gold chain link set in threeís each centred with a gold button. The rear tails of the coatee are embroidered with gold chain link loops set in threeís with buttons and the tails are finished with an embroidered ornamental design.
The coatee has provisions for a gold cord aigulette on the right hand shoulder which is currently missing but retains a later period aigulette of the correct pattern for display purposes. General officers coateeís of this period did not wear two epaulettes and the wearing of an aigulette signified that the officer was on military attachment.
The interior of the coatee retains its original cotton linings that have become age discoloured over time but is intact with no losses. Overall the coatee is in very crisp condition with the gold embroidery very sharp and reasonably bright. All buttons are present and are the correct pattern.
There are some areas of moth damage to the coatee as shown in the various images which is to a degree to be expected with a coatee of this period. The addition of a waist sash would cover the area of moth damage around the waist at the back of the coatee. The scarlet cloth could benefit from a slight clean which would render the coatee in very good condition.
A very rare opportunity to acquire a Waterloo period Lt. Generalís full dress coatee which it should be appreciated is considerably more rare than the Major General version.