Dress coat

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Wool, cotton, silk, metal
overall (coat): 4 x 23 1/2 x 32 1/2 in. ( 10.2 x 59.7 x 82.6 cm ) overall (each epaulette): 1 1/4 x 7 1/8 x 3 3/4 i
embroidered: on tag, inside neck: "Brooks Bros / Broadway / New-York"
Dark blue wool double-breasted military dress coat with removable epaulettes; coat has stand-up collar, 9 metal buttons along each side of the front, the bottom of each sleeve has a horizontal row of 3 buttons and a vertical row of 3 buttons; lined with black silk; each epaulette has a metal lace Turk's knot, with metal thread oak leaves and crossed firearms on black ground on the obverse, lined with dark blue wool felt, with metal hinged clasp fastener.
Gallery Label: 
This jacket was worn by George S. Schermerhorn (1835-1926), a Lieutenant-Colonel of New York's 7th Regiment, National Guard. Schermerhorn was called into duty during New York City's Draft Riots in 1863, and it is possible that he wore this coat during that time. The 7th Regiment was formed in 1847 and was known as the "silk stocking regiment" because of its socially prominent membership. Brooks Brothers was a military outfitter for many years.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Philip G. Schermerhorn
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group