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eMedals-A First War Seven Button Canadian Engineers Tunic CEF 

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Item: C3164

A First War Seven Button Canadian Engineers Tunic CEF consignment #4

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A First War Seven Button Canadian Engineers Tunic CEF consignment #4

A First War Seven Button Canadian Engineers Tunic CEF - This tunic is fabricated from a greenish-brown wool and is adorned on the shoulders with epaulette straps, each strap with bronze CANADA shoulder titles that are maker marked "CARON BROS. MONTREAL 1915" on their reverses, each held in place by lugs and pins on the underside, the straps held firmly in place via a brass Canada General Service button at the neck end. There is an olive green and brown embroidered aiguillette, braided in the appropriate style, wrapped around the left shoulder, fed through the epaulette strap and terminating around the brass button on the left breast pocket. Below the shoulder title on the upper sleeve on both sides is a Canadian Engineers patch, fabricated from red wool with the lettering "C.E." in steel blue embroidery. The collar has bronze Canada collar tabs on either side with the maple leaf design, each maker marked "CARON BROS. MONTREAL 1916" on the reverse, held in place via dual lugs and pins on their undersides. There is a protective leather tab sewn in place on the left side, the tab with a finished black upper, with a soft backer marked with the obscured manufacturer's name but "GARMENT MFG. CO. MONTREAL" and the date "1916" remaining legible, along with dual eyes on the left side facing dual hooks on the right side, ensuring a snug fit at the neck. The front has four pockets, one on each breast, which have decorative straps giving them a pleated-look, with fold over flaps and small brass Canada Service buttons sewn on each, while the lower pockets on either side are larger and deeper, without pleats, with fold over flaps and are designed to be buttonless. Each of the pockets is lined in olive green cotton. The front is completed by a vertical row of seven brass Canada Service buttons on the right side, facing an equal number of reinforced button holes on the left. All the brass buttons measure 17.7 mm in diameter and are without maker marks on their reverses. There are brass clips sewn in place on either side at the waist to support the belt, which has been lost to time and is not included here. In addition, there is a three Service Chevrons patch sewn on the right forearm, the chevrons in blue embroidery on olive green wool, awarded for overseas service, the first chevron dated from the day the soldier left Canada, with the two additional chevrons representing additional twelve month periods of service. The left forearm has two Good Conduct Stripes in light and dark beige sewn on a brown green wool patch, with a 38.5 mm x 47.5 mm brass Signaller's crossed flags badge immediately above, held in place via dula lugs and pin, along with a brass support plate on the underside. The rear of the tunic is double-vented. The inside of the tunic is unlined, with white cotton in the sleeves and olive green cotton vertical support patches sewn in place on either side just below the sleeves, each with dual ventilation holes. Just inside the opening on the right side is a white cotton manufacturer's label but the type has faded from it with time. There are three sets of marks on the inside: a Canadian Broad Arrow insignia stamped in black ink on the vertical support patch on the left side; the number "9276" stamped in red ink on the underside of the lower left pocket; and stamped in white ink "SF. 9-10" over "39" over "34" at the back at the waist. The tunic measures 450 mm across the shoulders and 700 mm in length overall. There is repair evident in the area around the left side brass belt clip on both sides of the tunic, along with mothing present in the olive green wool of the Service Chevrons and light soiling in the white cotton in the sleeves. It displays a nice texture in the wool and quality workmanship, very clean overall. A fine WWI collectible, near extremely fine. (C:4)
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