J002779 (IJA) INFANTRY LIEUTENANT COLONEL FULL DRESS TUNIC.

A M1894 type full dress frock coat. The black wool, three-quarter length coat has a double-breasted front closure leading to a stand-up collar fastened by dual hooks and eyes. The 45mm tall collar is faced in red wool, against which is sewn a decorative, gold bullion border. Dual wool loops are sewn to each shoulder. Each of the seven, highly convex, 24mm diameter brass buttons to either side of the front closure have a five-lobed cherry blossom embossed to their obverses. Buttons all look to have original stitching. A vertical support loop for the sword is to the left hip, which is fastened at its top by a 15mm diameter version of the buttons seen to either side of the front closure. Three buttons identical 15mm buttons are sewn to each cuff. Cuffs are complete with their red wool faces and decorative gilt wire tress. Some of the stitching on the tress is starting to pull loose, but the majority is still nicely held in place. A 41cm tall tail shirt vent rises from the base of the reverse, to either side of which are three buttons identical to those on either side of the front closure. To the tail skirt vent, to either side of it, along the edges of the sword support strap, and along either edge of the front closure, is decorative red piping. The interior is fully lined in black cotton/silk, but for its sleeves, which are lined in white silk. A horizontal slash pocket to the right breast, and a vertical slash patch pocket to the left breast. Included is the red and white striped silk service sash with bullion tassel ends. The chest measures approximately 36". Nice Tokyo tailors label. Decent tunic.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $530.00 (Or Best Offer)

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