Wool, cotton, linen, metal
Overall: 3 1/2 x 28 1/2 x 42 1/2 in. ( 8.9 x 72.4 x 108 cm )
cast: center of each button face: "A" stamped: reverse of bodice buttons: "D. EVANS & CO. / ATTLEBORO MASS" stamped: reverse of cuff buttons: "D. EVANS & CO. / SUPERFINE"
Dark blue serge artillery Captain's single-breasted coat; 1" closed stand-up collar, shoulder straps with double bars on red velvet groud, 9 buttons down the bodice, closed false cuffs on 9" sleeves (flat) with 3 buttons at the wrist; 4 panels on the back of the bodice, with 2 buttons near the center at the waistline, a button on each side of split skirt; lined with dark green cotton, with slit pockets at each breast, lined with brown linen, bodice breast lightly padded and quilted; all buttons with shield-breasted eagle clutching a branch and arrows in its talons, with "A" on the shield.
According to the accession record, this artillery coat was worn by Walter P. Beaumont (d. ca. 1874) of the 1st Massachusetts Artillery. However, there are three conflicting accounts of the details of the original owner, including rank, dates of service, regiment, and date of discharge.
Gift of Hartford Beaumont
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