Wool, silk, metal
Overall: 3 1/2 x 19 x 43 in. ( 8.9 x 48.3 x 109.2 cm )
stamped: reverse of breast and tail buttons: "H. V. ALLIEN & CO. / N. Y. & LONDON" stamped: reverse of cuff buttons: "H. V. ALLIEN & CO."
Black wool single-breasted artillery tailcoat (reproduction of 1812) with 2 1/2" open stand-up collar, with shield-breasted eagle above "1812" on each side near the throat, olive branches extending toward the shoulders, all embroidered with metal thread; 10 buttons down the front; open sleeves (no cuffs) with 4 buttons; 4 panels at the back of the bodice, with 2 buttons near the center at the waistline, false pockets on the tails, with 3 buttons on each false flap, a button two-thirds the way down each tail, shell and flame artillery insignia at the bottom of each tail; all buttons cast with eagle perched on a cannon; lined with off-white satin; each tail has an interior vertical slit pocket near the waistline.
This tailcoat was worn by George A. Zabriskie (1868-1954), a descendent of Albert Zabriskie who came from Poland in 1662 to settle in New Amsterdam. During World War I, George served as adviser to the government on the commodities of flour and sugar. He became a life member of the Society in 1920, was elected treasurer in 1929, and was chosen president in 1939. The Society also owns other pieces of this uniform.
Gift of George A. Zabriskie
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