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Wool Officer's Coat

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Wool Officer's Coat
circa 1824-1831

Content Description: 

Dark blue wool broadcloth militia officer's coatee with standing scarlet broadcloth collar & cuffs. Collar has no provision for fastening at throat & is embellished with flat silver bullion lace around top, botton and front. Two large horizontal loops of same material are on each side of the collar; rear ends terminate beneath two silver ball buttons. The upper edges of the cuffs are trimmed wth a band of the same type flat silver bullion lace, slightly wider (9/32") than the collar. Four vertical loops of the same bullion are on the outside of the cuffs, terminating beneath silver ball buttons. The coat is single breasted & fastens with a row of eleven silver ball buttons. Two additional rows of fourteen silver ball buttons on the breast are purely ornamental & the pattern suggests shape of a plastron. All buttons are marked "SETFAST" with four asterisks in a circle. The body of the coat is unlined but sleeves are lined with fine-weaved tan linen. The front of the breast is padded. There are no internal pockets, but there are two false pockets located on the rear near the waist. These are edged with flat silver bullion lace and four loops; four more ball buttons below the flap complete the embellishment. The tails are cut high to the waist, and taper to square ends and are decorated with white wool false turnbacks. There are paired silver ball buttons mid way down their length and a single one opposite top of false pocket flaps at waist level. Where false turn-backs meet at bottom of tails are six pointed stars, one on each tail, made of silver wire & sequins. These are similar to example illustrated in Campbell & Howard, pp. 26-7. Shoulders are pierced w/ 3 small round holes, finished w/ bound edges like button holes thru which cords attaching epaulettes would pass. John Minot Fiske of Chelmsford, Charles-town & Boston ented state militia on 16 Mar. 1818 as a lieut. in the 5th Reg't, 1st brig., 3rd Div. Fiske attained rank of colonel on 16 Aug. 1824 and resigned his commission on 10 Aug. 1831.

Physical Description: 

Wool, silver. collar 3 1/8" (7.9) mid breast 12 1/4" (31.1) back w/ tails 33 1/4" (84.5) shoulders across 12" (30.5) sleeves 23 3/16" (58.9)
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road,Massachusetts,Sturbridge,01566
Collection of Old Sturbridge Village