Lord Sinclair Grenadier Guards circa 1829
The unique set of uniform items belonging to James St Clair, 5th Lord Sinclair, whilst a Lieutenant and Captain in the Grenadier Guards. What is curious about this coatee is that the buttons clearly show the cypher for George IV and as such date the manufacture to sometime prior to 1830.
There is however suggestion that James St Clair had this coatee made for his wedding on 14th September 1830 to Jane eldest daughter of Archibald Little of Shabden Park, Surrey. What better way to visually enter into a marriage contract than to sport the latest fashion in military tailoring.
What is known is that James St Clair purchased an Ensignancy in the Grenadier Guards in 1822 and became a Lieutenant and Captain in 1826 and then transferred as a Major to the 92nd Foot in 1827 and is then shown as on half pay unattached in 1830
It appears that James St Clair did not have a particularly distinguished military career as the Guards were pretty much restricted to ceremonial duties in London during the 1820`s. The aftermath of Waterloo left Europe in peace for the next thirty odd years. James St Clair died on 24th October 1880
As this pattern of coatee is generally considered to have been introduced on or around 1830 it would appear to lend weight to the belief that James had this coatee specially made for his wedding despite not having been in the Grenadier Guards for some four year previous.
The coatee survives in almost mint condition and shows virtually no signs of any wear or moth damage, all gold wire embroidery is in magnificent condition with no losses evident any where. The embroidery and scarlet cloth were professionally cleaned by the previous owner some years back and as a result the gold embroidery has taken on a slightly copper cast which I assume is the result of some oxidization process.
Despite this situation it remains a wonderful piece that in the fullness of time I hope to add the other missing pieces to create a complete display item.
Not For Sale