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Tailcoat

Object Number: 
1949.313a
Date: 
1875-1885
Medium: 
Wool, silk, metal, linen
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 3/4 x 21 1/4 x 37 in. ( 14.6 x 54 x 94 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: reverse of each button: "J. & Co. / LONDON"
Description: 
Black or dark blue wool Naval officer's double-breasted tailcoat; markings of epaulette attachments at the shoulders (epauletts missing); closed stand-up collar (1 hook and eye) trimmed around the outside edge with gilt lacing and lined with dark blue velvet; 9 buttons down each side of the front, sleeves trimmed with 3 bands of gilt lacing against red ground; 4 panels on the back of the bodice, with 2 buttons near the center at the waistline, 2 buttons at the bottom of the tails; bodice lined with black twill-weave silk, breast lightly padded and quilted, slant slit pocket at the left breast lined with white linen, tails lined with white silk, with a horizontal slit pocket at the top of the right tail; all buttons cast with a spread each perched on an anchor encircled by 8 stars.
Gallery Label: 
This tailcoat was worn by Naval Chief-Engineer William Leonard Nicoll (1842-1887). The Society also owns the other pieces of this uniform, as well as other articles worn by Nicoll.
Credit Line: 
Gift of William Leonard Nicoll
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group