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Honourable East India Company uniform: pattern 1818


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Collection Uniforms
ExhibitionsTraders: The East India Company and Asia
User collections Textiles: supplying cloth to the world by NMMExhibitions
Gallery locationTraders Gallery (Floor plans)
PeopleProvenance: Honourable East India Company
Provenance: Scott, H.

Object details:

Object ID UNI0060
Description Full dress coat of a Commander, Honourable East India Company. Tail coat of fine blue wool lined with white silk twill. Large, heavy button back lapel faced with black velvet and embroidered with a twist pattern, outlining the buttonhole. The embroidery is done in satin stitch with metal thread. Each lapel has 10 gilt metal buttons with the coat of arms of the Company (a rampant lion holding a globe on a lined background within an oval border lined with rope twist). The coat also has a large stand up collar of black velvet embroidered with metal thread. The coat has a two exterior pocket flaps, with three points. Each pocket has four buttons with faux buttonholes outlined with metal thread embroidery. The exterior pockets are actually dummy pockets, the actual pocket is in the tails and is lined with linen. The sleeves are also lined with white silk twill, and the cuffs are of black velvet with four buttons arranged in pairs, the button holes are outlined with metal thread embroidery. There are two hip buttons and two buttons in the sword pleats in the skirts of the coat. All edges are unfinished, with the exception of the skirts which are turned and hemmed. Top of the back vent features a truncated version of the twist motif used to outline the button holes. This is also worked in metal thread. The coat can be worn buttoned across the chest or it also has hook and eye fastenings.
Date made

Artist/Maker Bushby, R
Place made London, England
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials silk; wool
Measurements Overall: 1080 x 510 mm
  • Honourable East India Company uniform: pattern 1818 (UNI0060)
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