Overall: 3 x 16 1/2 x 34 1/2 in. ( 7.6 x 41.9 x 87.6 cm )
cast: on face of each button: "EXCELSIOR / N.Y.S.A. / NATIONAL GUARD"
stamped: on reverse of each button: "HORSTMANN & ALLIEN / N.Y."
handwritten: on tag inside neck: "L. B. Smith"
quilted: inside, on each side of breast: "8 / NG"
Gray wool New York National Guard single-breasted artillery tailcoat with 1 1/2" closed stand-up collar (2 sets hooks and eyes) with gilt lacing fron the throat to the shoulder, a button on each side near the shoulder; remnants of epaulette attachments at the shoulders; 3 vertical rows of 10 buttons with horizontal rows of black lacing between the buttons; closed sleeves (no cuffs) with 4 buttons at each wrist against gilt lacing; 4 panels at the back of the bodice with 2 buttons near the center at the waistline, false pockets at the center of the tails, with 4 buttons against gilt false pocket flaps, artillery shall and flame insignia at the bottom of each tail; each button cast with an eagle with a shield in its beak flying above a banner with "N.Y.S.A.", encircled by "EXCELSIOR / NATIONAL GUARD"; bodice lined with off-white silk, breast is heavily padded and quilted, "8 / NG" quilted on each breast, tails lined with dark green twill-weave cotton, vertical slit pocket in each tail.
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