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Post 1954 Period, British Army, Blue Color Dress Uniform, belonging to a Brigadier General with WWII and Pre-War Service
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British Army General's uniforms are some of the rarest of all. This uniform jacket is undated but the Queen's crown style button motif indicates that it is of the post 1954 period. It could quite probably be of the later 1940's period as nothing on this uniform fluorensces under a black light as it would if it were produced in the mid-1950's or so period. This uniform is in MINT condition, showing no damage and/or staining. The uniform is fully lined, and even the lining is in perfect condition.
The buttons are Queen's crown and Edward Rex "ER" style which are both correct for the rank and period. They are back marked and are attached with correct period thread. There are several rank pips and 2 piece velvet backed crowns indicating the rank of a Brigadier. In the British army such Officers are only called Brigadiers and not Brigadier Generals. Some pundits classify this rank as somewhere between that of a full bird Colonel and that of a 1 Star, or Brigadier General. Others usually just consider them as Brigadier Generals. The red color wool collar tabs are also for a Brigadier. The epaulettes are very interestingly of the slip on style and not of the more usual sewn on style. There are no perforation holes through them indicating that any previous lower rank insignia was ever pinned through them.
There is a bevo-style cloth tailor's tag sewn in at the inner neck area, and it reads Moss Bros & Co. LTD OF Covent Garden. Sewn in the inside pocket is another bevo-style cloth tailor's and name tag that reads: Moss Bros & Co. LTD. Covent Garden, London, W.C. Phone: Temple Bar. 4477. This name tag is not named, but DOES have lots of undecipherable numbers and lettering which reads: AVN (or AVW), D24355, 509, ELT (or EH) and 801. Perhaps this is the General's initials and/or his serial number - we really do not know at this time. The rear of this uniform has 2 sewn in blackened belt hooks. Sewn on this jacket are 7 award ribbons of the pre to mid 1950's period. These ribbons indicate much WWII and pre-WWII service. The awards are for the following awards/medals: the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Military Division (it's of the post 1936 ribbon color), the India General Service Medal, the General Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster (for past WWII period Mention In Dispatches), the 1939-45 Star Medal, the France and Germany Star Medal, the Defense Medal, and finally, the 1939-45 War Medal.
Comments from the Curator:
British Army General's, and yes, even Brigadier's uniforms, are fairly rare today compared to the rarity of other nation's Generals. What makes this Brigadier desirable is that his awards ribbons seem to indicate not only WWII service, but also some rare pre-WWII service as well. Another nice addition is it's superior condition throughout. The writing found on this inner tag means nothing to anybody now, but with some diligent research, it might indicate this General's name and/or serial number. Such research is often difficult but always fun and rewarding if successful. This nice uniform is priced quite reasonably due to it's currently unknown wearer's name.
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