The Red Coat

The Red Coat

The RED COAT belonged to Alec Lyille, Esq at Gardyne Castle, Kincardineshire, Scotland. Alexander Findlay at the age of 16. in 1881, played golf with Mr. Lyille who was 40 years of age at the time. His son presented this coat to A.H. Findlay a good many years ago. To our estimation the RED COAT is at least 165 years of age as of 2011.

This red coat was Alex's most prized collectable. He wore this coat when he poised for the picture for Wright & Ditson Sporting Goods in Late 1897. It still shows well and looks the part. The buttons are most interesting. Over the years, winners of golf tournamnets were provided coats of distinctive colors and plaids. Mort Allman, golf collector and seller of antiquity, wanted to buy the coat only for the buttons. He missed the real importance of what the coat is and what it was. Why not ask a winner of the Masters to sell you his green jacket? Picture to come.