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Coat

Object Number: 
1757a
Date: 
1899
Medium: 
Wool, linen, silk, cotton, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 1/2 x 16 3/4 x 29 in. ( 11.4 x 42.5 x 73.7 cm )
Marks: 
embroidered: on collar, each side at throat: "A" printedd: on label inside at neck: "BROOKS BROTHERS, / BROADWAY, / NEW YORK / DATE / No."
Description: 
Medium blue wool single-breasted uniform coat (possibly musician's?), with 2" closed yellow stand-up collar (2 sets hooks and eyes) with "A" embroidered on each side at the throat; black shoulder knots on each shoulder; coat closes with 8 sets of hooks and eyes, but has 5 frogs down the front for ornament, with black lacing extending out from each frog; sleeves have yellow tripple chevrons above each elbow, black sleeve knots above slanted double yellow stripes, yellow chevrons around each wrist; side seams split at each hip and have hook and eye closing; 4 panels at the back of the bodice with incurving black lacing from shoulder blade to bottom hem, bodice split in the center at the bottom, black lacing around all outer edges; collar and bottom of coat lined with black satin, bodice lined with linen, lightly padded and quilted, vertical slit pocket on the left breast lined with black satin.
Gallery Label: 
This uniform coat was worn by Abel I. Smith when he served in Squadron A.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Abel I. Smith, 1931
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group