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WW1 1915 Pattern French Artillery Captains Tunic & Equipment

WW1 1915 Pattern French Artillery Captains Tunic & Equipment

WW1 1915 Pattern French Artillery Captains Tunic & Equipment
WW1 1915 Pattern French Artillery Captains Tunic & Equipment This is a French artillery captains tunic of the Great War & its field equipment set. The tunic is a four pocket horizon blue coloured one with artillery bullion insignia to the collar. It is fitted with aiguillettes (cordage) with gilt brass finial and plain white metal ball buttons to the front and shoulders. The tunic bears a Legion of Honour with the rank of Chevalier and a Medal Militaire.

On the left sleeve can be seen seven gold chevrons representing the years of service in the regular army. On the reverse of the collar is the makers golden label reading Marque Depose Saumua. The tunic is lined with cream silk. All the buttons are present.

The brown leather belt is fitted with ammunition pouches and Y straps. The last piece of the set is a First World War pattern cloth covered aluminium water bottle and a metal cup on a leather strap. Legion of Honour The Legion of Honour, or in full the National Order of the Legion of Honour (French: Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur) is a French order established by Napoleon Bonaparte on 19 May 1802.

The Order is the highest decoration in France and is divided into five degrees: Chevalier (Knight), Officier (Officer), Commandeur (Commander), Grand Officier (Grand Officer), and Grand Croix (Grand Cross). The order's motto is Honneur et Patrie ("Honour and Fatherland"), and its seat is the Palais de la Légion d'Honneuron the left bank of the River Seine in Paris. Médaille Militaire The Médaille militaire is a military decoration of the French Republic for all ranks for acts of bravery in action against an enemy force. The award was first established in 1852 by Emperor Napoleon III who may have taken his inspiration from a medal established and awarded by his father, Louis Bonaparte, King of Holland. Dimensions The length of the tunic is 28 inches (71 cm), the waist is 15 inches (38 cm) across, the width from shoulder to shoulder is 17 inches (43 cm) 23.5 inches (60 cm). The water bottle width 11 inches (28 cm) and it depth 3 inches (7.8 cm). The set weighs 3 kg. Condition The set is in good condition for its age. There are no moth holes on the tunic and no tears, there are areas of fading. All chevrons, badges and buttons are present and in good order.

The lining is in very good condition with one small tear. The leather belts and pouches have the expected signs of wear but are undamaged. The cloth on the water bottle has numerous holes. The Legion of Honour medal is missing one side (the head side) which was replaced with a black piece. Both medals have some loss of enamel.

For further details and condition see pictures below... The item "WW1 1915 Pattern French Artillery Captains Tunic & Equipment" is in sale since Monday, March 30, 2015.

This item is in the category "Collectables\Militaria\World War I (1914-1918)\Uniforms". The seller is "theantiquesstorehouse" and is located in Portsmouth. This item can be shipped worldwide.

  • Type: Uniform/ Clothing
  • Era: 1914-1945
  • Conflict: World War I (1914-1918)
  • Service: Army
  • Country/ Organization: France
  • Issued/ Not-Issued: Issued

WW1 1915 Pattern French Artillery Captains Tunic & Equipment