75th Carnatic Infantry. A Lieutenant Colonel’s scarlet dress tunic of the Edwardian era


The tunic is of standard Indian Army pattern with 8 buttons to the front and six to the tails. The facings are yellow for the 75th Carnatic Infantry and the lace is that of a lieutenant colonel as are the rank badges of which the imperial crown suggests a period of 1901-1911. Stitched loops for the officer’s medals suggest a sizable group occupying six inches, The cloth is in generally good condition with one small area of old moth attack to the left of the 2nd button as viewed. The padded lining is sound, the b lack silk lining of the collar is worn through along the top of the neck line, The tunic appears to be of English manufacture and the buttons have the back stamp of John Gaunt Ltd of London. . The gilt of the shoulder boards is not as bright as on the sleeves and collars perhaps suggesting they have been re-used after a promotion. In the 1907 Army List shows Lt Col M E O’Donoghu as the Commandant of the 75th Carnatic Infantry. The regiment was first raised at Tanjore in 1776.

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