A William IV Period Major General Full Dress Uniform
A very rare William IV period scarlet melton cloth double breasted Major General Coatee and accroutrements . The coatee has ten rows of gilt brass buttons in pairs as for a Major General depicting a cross sword and baton design.
The collar and cuffs are faced in dark blue melton cloth and are massively embroidered all over with acorn and oak leaf designs. The collar stands almost a full three inches high supporting an early date attribution. The cuffs also have a six inch flash of gold embroidery running up the sleeve with three buttons equally spaced apart.
The rear skirts have a gold embroidered false pocket flap on each side and the tails are finished with massive gold embroidered skirt ornamments comprising a wreath within which is a sword and baton device surmounted at the top with a crown. The coatee has provisions for two epaulettes which are secured by material ties that pass through four eyelets on each shoulder. One eyelet has stitching faults that have resulted in the eyelet being five centimeters wide. Obviously this is not noticeable when the coatee epaulettes are attached.
The epaulettes are General officer pattern with a crown and sword and baton devices on each. The sword belt is the correct pattern with three stripes of running gold embroidery on the waist belt and two running stripes on the sword slings. The carriages are embroidered on both sides as General officer dress regulations dictate. The buckle depicts a William IV cipher under a crown flanked by a wreath of laurel and oak leaf and the motto “Dieu et mon droit” ( God and my right )
Also included are an associated pair of levee dress dark blue cloth trousers with a full two inch wide stripe of gold acorn and oak leaf lace down the outward seam.
The uniform is in very good condition for its age and is near complete except for a gold and crimson net sash and bicorn. Very light moth damage evident in places and two very minor mothh holes on the front of the coatee as evidenced in the images attached. The lower hole being completly covered by the waist sash when worn. The rear of the coatee has some isolated areas of moth around the waist area none of which detract from the overall appearance of this very rare coatee.