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Jacket - Victorian Horse Artillery, Full Dress, circa 1890 Object Reg. No: ST 42013

Alternative Name: Tunic.

Full Dress Jacket, worn by a gunner in the Victorian Horse Artillery. The design of each uniform was strictly spelt out in military regulations. The red collar shows this uniform belonged to one of the gunners. The officers wore jackets glittering with gold lace and gold cord.

The volunteer corps reflected Melbourne's social hierarchies. Wealthy landowner and grazier Sir William Clarke founded the horse artillery and based it at his property Rupertswood, near Sunbury. His son Rupert commanded the battery. The Clarkes provided 60 horses for the horse artillery, at substantial cost.
Black wool; extensive gold-coloured cotton braid; frogging in front; scroll design at back and sleeves. Body of jacket and collar completely edged with same braid. Stand collar with insert of red fabric. Gilt globe buttons, with crown, cross with five stars, and inscription. One button is flatter, and is the same as the button on the shoulders; one is smaller than the rest. Insignia on sleeve shows two crossed flags in gold bullion, with inscription.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Major Edward (Ted) Millett, 1994
Discipline: Technology
Dimension Comment: Shoulder width 39; sleeve length 59.5; overall width 63; depth 22

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Tagged with: uniforms, volunteers, victorian colonial defence forces
Themes this item is part of: Victorian Colonial Military, 1854-1901, Arms Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Victorian Artillery (AKA Royal Victorian Volunteer Artillery Regiment or Permanent Artillery Corps), Alfred Blannin, Victorian Volunteer Military Forces (1842-1889), Victorian Volunteer Forces, 1854-1884
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: uniforms
Inscriptions: Stamped inside lining: VHA.
On buttons: "AUT PACE / AUT BELLO"
Insignia on sleeve "S/S"
AUT PACE AUT BELLO translates as "both in peace and in war"
User: Victorian Volunteer Forces, 1854-1884, Victoria, Australia, circa 1890


Paul Posted on 19 Feb 2011 2:51 AM
This is current issue for the Royal Horse Artillary, Seen at WhiteHall London!

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