Officer’s Pattern 32nd Sikh Pioneers Indian Army Tunic.
An extremely rare 32nd Sikh Pioneers Indian Army Tunic, a short lived example, of a fine scarlet tunic, with blue facings and white piping. Gold ‘Vellum’ lace to the collar and pointed cuffs, the latter traced with Russia braid as for post 1902 infantry. Fine collar badges of white metal crossed axes. Nice gilt 32nd Pioneers buttons with crown above crossed axes and the number XXXII. Twisted gold shoulder cords bearing Major’s rank badges in silver embroidery. The internal is with a fine quilted drab lining. All in all this is a very nice 32nd Sikh Pioneers Indian Army Tunic.
Jacket Size: Chest 38 1/2”.
Shoulder to Shoulder 17”.
Top of Collar to Bottom of Jacket 32”.
Top of Sleeve to Bottom of Sleeve 24 1/2”.
NB: This 32nd Sikh Pioneers Indian Army Tunic was only worn between 1902, when Edward VII became King and 1905, when the regiment adopted the drab uniform with green facings.
32nd Sikh Pioneers: was a regiment of the Indian Army during British rule. The regiment was founded in the year 1857 as the Punjab Sappers (Pioneers). After a series of name changes, it became the 32nd Punjab Pioneers in 1901. and the 32nd Sikh Pioneers in 1903. To honour the visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales to Indian they took part in the Rawalpindi Parade in 1905. In 1922, it united with 23rd Sikh Pioneers and 34th. Sikh Pioneers, to form 2nd Battalion, 3rd Sikh Pioneers. Their most celebrated feat of arms was the relief in 1895 of the besieged British garrison of Chitral, by a gruelling crossing of the snow-covered Shandur Pass. 32nd Sikh Pioneers Indian Army Tunic.
Rawalpindi Parade: in 1905. there was a parade by the British Indian Army held in Rawalpindi, India on the 8th of December 1905 to honour the Prince and Princess of Wales. The troops were under the Command of Horatio Herbert, Viscount Kitchener of Khartoum, G.C.B. O.M. G.C.M.G. Commander-in-Chief India. The Royal party arrived at the parade ground escorted by a Field Officer’s escort of the 1st Horse (Skinner’s Horse) Cavalry Regiment. They then received a Royal salute and inspected the troops, including the 32nd Sikh Pioneers, accompanied by the Commander-in-chief. 32nd Sikh Pioneers Indian army tunic.
Very Good Condition. this 32nd Sikh Pioneers Indian Army Tunic had very, very light moth damage but this has now been professionally repaired and there’s a very small light mark to the front.