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Tailcoat

Object Number: 
INV.11350a
Date: 
1790-1820
Medium: 
Wool, silk, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 x 20 1/2 x 43 in. ( 7.6 x 52.1 x 109.2 cm )
Description: 
Blue and yellow wool General officer's tailcoat, with 3 1/2" closed stand-up collar (2 sets hooks and eyes near the throat), lapel sides of bodice curve towards the hip, with 7 buttons down each lapel; 6" (flat) sleeves, open false 3 3/4" cuffs have 2 buttons each; collar, lapels and cuffs are yellow with metal thread embroidering of oak leaves and acorns; 4 panels at the back of the bodice with 2 buttons near the center of the waist line, to the right and left just beneath the waistline are false pockets, with metal thread embroidering in the same design as the front, and 3 buttons in a row beneath; breast of bodice and tails lined with yellow wool, back of bodice and sleeves lined with white silk.
Gallery Label: 
This dress coat was worn by Ebenezer Stevens (1751-1823), who participated in the Boston tea party in 1773 and rose to the rank of General during the Revolution. He served under Lafayette in Virginia and commanded the artillery at the siege of Yorktown. The Society also has Stevens' epaulets, badge of the Society of the Cincinnati, and a portrait (1915.1) depicting him in this coat.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Frederic Gallatin, 1889
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group