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Early 20th Century Royal Navy Commanders Uniform (Tunic, Bicorn, Sword Belt,etc)
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~ Early 20th Century Royal Navy Commanders Uniform (Tunic, Bicorn, Sword Belt, Epaulets) ~

The uniform from around 1910 is comprised of a dress tunic, bicorn, sword belt (earlier with Queen Victorias crown) and epaulettes.

It was made by "Gieve Matthews and Seagrove Ltd." 110/111 High Street, in Portsmouth.
They used this name from 1904 until 1916 when it became "Gieve's Ltd." and moved to another address (22/23 The Hard, Portsmouth). 
The maker's name is stamped on all buttons. A maker's label is present inside the uniform but only half of it is still visible.

The tunic, short in the front with longer tails at the back, has collar and cuff braiding of golden lace with white backing. All the gilt buttons are present with the Kings crown & fouled anchor insignia.

The tunic comes with it gold bullion epaulettes, each feature a large silver anchor insignia wrapped in silver thread.  The brass clasps are marked right and left but they are no other marks.

The bicorn has a black, pleated silk cockade to the side with the golden, wrapped coil bullion. There are the usual bullion coils at either end.

The sword belt is made from black leather. The buckle has the standard crown & anchor insignia.

~ Dimensions ~

The tunic is 42 inches (106.7 cm) long from the collar to the bottom line of the hem. The tunic, from armpit to armpit, measures 15.5 inches (39.4 cm). The outside sleeve length is 24 inches (61 cm). The collar's circumference is 15.7 inches (39.9 cm).

Each epaulette has a length of 7 inches (17.8 cm) and a width of 5 inches (12.7 cm).

The bicorn measures 7 inches (17.8 cm) fore to aft with a height of 6.5 inches (16.5 cm) and width of 16.7 inches (42.5 cm). The internal circumference is 18.8 inches (47.9 cm). It is stamped for size 6 3/4.

~ Condition ~

The tunic is in decent condition. The exterior has no tears, rips or holes. One cloth loop to hold the epaulettes in place is missing and the other unstitched at one end, both brass fasteners are present. The medal bar has been removed. The buttons all remain bright & untarnished. I haven't looked at the lining but I can certainly see moth holes on the tails interior.

The epaulettes are in good order though tarnished. The bullion remains tight.

The silk on the cockade has started to unravel, but the bicorn itself remains in otherwise good order.

The sword belt has started to dry & wrinkle.

The stand is not included.

For further details and condition see pictures below... 

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