Original British Victorian Royal Berkshire Regiment Officer's Scarlet Dress Tunic

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Dating before 1902 this fine tunic is in very good condition and features original gilt bullion embroidered Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wale's) Dragons on the collar. The 8 front HAWKES & Co. buttons all show Queen's Crown dating this tunic before 1902 during the reign of Queen Victoria. We suspect it dates between 1890-1901. Epaulets are gilt braided with one pip indicating rank of Lieutenant. Wonderfully detailed Lieutenant cuff braiding. Interior lined and has worn tailor's label in the neck from Piccadilly, London.

Approximate Measurements:
Collar to shoulder: ”9
Shoulder to sleeve: ”24
Shoulder to shoulder: ”17
Chest width: ”17.5
Waist width: ”15
Hip width: ”17
Front length: "28

The Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) was a line infantry regiment of the British Army in existence from 1881 until 1959. The regiment was created in 1881, as the Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment), by the amalgamation of the 49th (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) (Hertfordshire) Regiment of Foot and the 66th (Berkshire) Regiment of Foot. In 1921, it was renamed the Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales's).

The regiment saw active service in the Second Boer War, World War I and World War II. On 9 June 1959, the Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) was amalgamated with the Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh's) to form the Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment (Berkshire and Wiltshire) which was again amalgamated, on 27 July 1994, with the Gloucestershire Regiment to create the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment. Like its predecessor regiment, however, this was on 1 February 2007, merged with the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment, the Royal Green Jackets and The Light Infantry to form a new large regiment, The Rifles.
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