Military officer’s jacket – possibly Governor of Bombay’s Bodyguard


A scarlet jacket with dark blue facings and gold lace of cavalry pattern. This jacket came to us with another uniform which was definitely of the Bombay Bodyguard. The unusual feature of this item is the roll collar rather than the more usual stand up collar. We speculate that this may be an officer’s smoking jacket which follows some features of normal uniform but may be only semi-official. It carries the London maker’s label of W Cater & Co of 56 Pall Mall [an address which they left in 1912]. There is old repair and damage to the quilted silk lining, two moth holes to the central rear skirt, and some parts of the lace need re-fixing. It is difficult to pin down this uniform precisely but it is certainly worthy of further research.

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