Man's Wool Coat, Altered for Military Use



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Man's Wool Coat, Altered for Military Use

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Man's Wool Coat, Altered for Military Use
circa 1825-1830

Content Description: 

Dark brown wool broadcloth civilian man's coat with brown velvet collar having notched lapels. The coat has been altered for militia use: cut short at the front to emulate a coatee form. Double breasted front closure has been fitted with brass "0-type" buttons bearing Federal eagle with shield motif. Nine of the original twelve buttons survive on front; six buttons at rear, at waist, embellish false rear pocket flaps. Evidence does not exist for buttons or braid embellishment on turn-backs of tails. Breast inside is quilted in a ribbed pattern as is customary in men's dress coats of this period. Unlined, save for tan cotton lining in sleeves and two twill weave yokes at back. Buttons are marked "IMPERIAL STANDARD" on reverse. Clearly an example of a "make-do" adaptation of a civilian garment for enrolled militia company use. In this respect, the coat is something of an unusual survival.

Physical Description: 

Wool, brass, cotton.
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road,Massachusetts,Sturbridge,01566
Collection of Old Sturbridge Village