Lot 647: Coatee. A rare Victorian Coatee of a Military Secretary to the Commander-in-Chief below the rank of General Officer circa 1850, the scarlet coatee with five pairs of gilt staff buttons to the front breast, gold embroidered collar and cuffs, cuff-slashed and horizontal skirt lashes as for a Major General, white kerseymere skirt-lining and turnbacks, the oakleaf skirt ornaments in gold embroidery on blue backing. Provenance: By family descent. In the East India Company, there were three presidencies, each with its own Governor-General or Governor, and Commander-in-Chief, all of who boasted a Military Secretary, the latter mostly below the rank of General Officer, who wore the same uniform as their British Army counterparts, the vendor's family was related to that of the Earl of Dalhousie, Governor-General from 1843-56, and to those of Arbuthnott and Ramsey, members of both of which were listed as being in Bengal in 1849, and it seems likely that the coatee came into the possession of the current owner by descent from an officer who had served in India. (1)
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Thursday, 12th November 2015
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