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Sir Charles Tomes’ LLD robes, London, England, 1909

A handwritten label on the gown shows this academic dress was worn by leading British dental surgeon Sir Charles Tomes (1846-1928), who held several degrees. These are the robes for the honorary Doctor of Laws degree (LLD) Tomes received from Birmingham University in 1909. They consist of a scarlet cloth robe and hood trimmed with bronze green watered silk and a velvet bonnet with gold cord and tassels. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1878 and later became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1909. Tomes was knighted in 1919 for his pioneering dental research.This academic dress was made by Ede, Son and Ravenscroft.

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Glossary: academic robe

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Glossary: Academic graduation

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