A First War Royal Flying Corps Maternity Tunic, Trousers, & Cap
A First War Royal Flying Corps Maternity Tunic, Trousers, & Cap - This uniform consists of four pieces: a tunic, two pairs of breeches and a side cap. Tunic (fabricated from greenish-brown wool, each shoulder with an epaulette strap held in place via a small brass Royal Flying Corps button, illustrating the George V crown above "R.F.C", each of the straps adorned with a Tria Juncta In Uno pip. There are bronze Royal Flying Corps collar tabs held firmly in place on both collars, via intact lugs and pins. The right side of the collar has four metal hooks sewn on the inside, in two rows, facing two metal eyes sewn to the left side and two metal eyes end embroidered loops sewn to a protective tab behind the left side of the collar, ensuring a snug fit at the neckline. There is an original embroidered Royal Flying Corps wings sewn in place on the left breast, with repair evident on the right side wing. The front has two large cotton-lined pockets on either side at the waist, each with fold over flaps. The front is completed by a vertical row of seven brown plastic buttons on the far right side, facing an equal number of reinforced button holes on the left, that are discreetly placed under a fold over flap, remaining invisible to the eye. The left panel has three metal hooks and a snap closure at the top and connects to three embroidered loops and the snap closure's post on the right shoulder, just below the epaulette strap. The bottom of the left panel has two metal hooks that connect to a metal eye and embroidered loop on the right side, just to the left of the right pocket. The front opening of the tunic has ten large metal eyes sewn in place, facing en equal number of metal hooks sewn just at the seam where the left front fabric meets the inside lining. The rear of the tunic is single-vented. The inside of the tunic is lined in brownish-green cotton, with white cotton in the sleeves, the sleeves incorporating blue and brown rules, with the left sleeve stamped in black ink "108". Just below the collar and centred between the shoulders it is stamped in black ink "35", with wear and repair evident immediately to the right. There is a large ink stain on the left side, with the number "108" clearly visible underneath but the remaining type illegible, the tunic measuring 430 mm across the shoulders and 720 mm in length overall); two Pairs of Breeches (one is fabricated from an olive green corduroy, incorporating a button down fly with three brass buttons flanked by plastic buttons at either end, facing an equal number of reinforced button holes, discreetly placed under a fold over flap, remaining invisible to the eye, covered by the flap. There are cotton-lined slightly-angled entry pockets on either side, along with three brass buttons on either side, two on either side of the fly opening and one each at the hip, while the rear has large plastic buttons sewn on either side of the vent. The inside legs on the exterior of the breeches has an additional olive green protective cotton patch sewn in place, running from the crotch to just above the khaki cotton cuff on either leg. Each cuff has two light brown buttons sewn in place, facing an equal number of reinforced button holes. The inside of the breeches is stamped with the British Broad Arrow insignia, surrounded by "208" above, "W' to the left, "D" to the right and "O" below at the left rear and marked "10" in black ink on the front right side waistband. The breeches measure 410 mm at the waist x 830 mm in length, exhibiting scattered interruptions and repair in the fabric and light soiling; the other pair is fabricated from a thick light brown cotton, the front opening shifted to the left side, as per traditional riding breeches, with four small brown buttons sewn on the left side facing an equal number of discreetly placed reinforced button holes on the right side, hidden by a fold over flap. There are top entry pockets on either side at the front, each with an L-shaped flap incorporating a reinforced button hole on the hip side, that is held firmly in place via a small plastic button, along with five belt loops sewn at various intervals around the waist. The inside legs on the exterior of the breeches has an additional leather patch sewn in place between the knees to just above the cuffs. Each of the cuffs have small brown plastic buttons sewn in place, the right cuff with all eight buttons intact, the left cuff with seven of the eight buttons intact, the bottom button having been lost to time, with corresponding reinforced button holes and additional green cotton support patches sewn on the underside. Inside, there is a label sewn at the rear waist illustrating a polo player seated on a horse in an octagonal frame and inscribed "REAL SPORT / THE HOUSE OF BREECHES", the breeches measuring 400 mm at the waist x 840 mm in length, exhibiting scattered spotting and light soiling); and Side Cap (fabricated from an olive green-khaki wool with fold down flaps on either side, the flaps held up with black metal hooks fed through embroidered loops, the front with 13 mm wide bronze buttons, both maker marked "FIRMIN LONDON" on the reverse, illustrating the George V crown above "R.F.C" holding the two ends of the flaps together, a 37.5 mm x 44.5 mm bronze Royal Flying Corps badge on the left side, held in place via intact lugs and a pin on the inside of the cap. The inside is lined in olive green cotton with a 15 mm wide soft white sweatband, with a maker's label sewn on the right side inscribed "Clement H. Sunderland Ltd / 28-32 North John St. / LIVERPOOL / Military Tailors and Outfitters", measuring 115 mm x 300 mm, one moth hole on the left flap, green oxidation evident on the two bronze buttons, moderate soiling evident on the interior from active use). A terrific First World War collectible, better than very fine.