NZMR uniform jacket; early 20th Century; 1975_79

Name/Title

NZMR uniform jacket

About this object

Uniform jacket New Zealand Mounted Rifles that supposedly belonged to George Smith (1864-1952) of Matakohe who was a member of the Otamatea Mounted Rifles. He and his brother William helped break up the 1913 waterfront strike (See: 'Recollections on the Smith Family of Matakohe', by Mervyn D. Sterling 1996, p. 70). Dark green twill weave wool jacket, with red piping and braid outlining collar, epaullettes, front opening and back seat. This also decorates cuffs with an elaborate scroll design on outer side. Above right side is a five point star and at top arm is three metallic braided chevrons for sergeant. Both eppaulettes have brass badges 'A' and 'NZMR'. 8 bronze buttons close front all with four stars in the middle, the top six read 'New Zealand Volunteers, and the bottom two read, 'New Zealand Forces'. A hook and eye close collar at neck.Two buttons sit at top of piping at lower back and smaller versions button the epaulettes. Hook at waist for belt. Lined with black twill weave cotton. According to a fellow Mounted Rifle, George Sheppard (George Smith's brother in law), this jacket was part of their dress uniform to be worn on special occasions such as balls and dances. (See: 2003_483_1)

Date Made

early 20th Century

Medium and Materials

wool

Measurements

73.6cm length x 45.7cm width

Subject and Association Description

NZMR jacket

Credit Line

George Smith

Object Type

jacket

Object number

1975_79

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