Officer’s scarlet tunic, K O Y L I, Edwardian


An extremely good example of a late Edwardian officer’s dress tunic. This example was made by Hawke & Co of Piccadilly, London for 2nd Lieutenant M M Wadsworth who was commissioned into the 4th (Territorial) Battalion of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry just a month before the death of King Edward VII. Apart from damage ot the top of the lining and to the T badge on the right hand epaulette the unifoem is in exceptional condition with bright cloth and fine gilt. The unusually large bullion collar badges with their central silver rose are very striking. The tunic retains its full number of bi-metal buttons, 8 to the front and 6 to the skirt, made by Hawke & Co.

This uniform has the ook of one which was put away at the start of World War 1, when dress uniform ceased to be worn, and possibly never came back into use. We have not had any further research done on the officer. Hawke & Co joined with Gieves & Co and formed as military and civil tailoring company which still makes fine uniforms today.  RESERVED 1st March 2021