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Tailcoat

Object Number: 
1960.22a
Date: 
1940
Medium: 
Wool, silk, gold, other metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 1/2 x 19 1/2 x 46 in. ( 11.4 x 49.5 x 116.8 cm )
Marks: 
embroidered: maker's label on breast pocket: "THE SEAL OF / KS / Kassan-Stein / WASHINGTON, D.C." printed: maker's label, inside breast pocket: "KASSAN-STEIN / 510 11TH ST. N.W. / WASHINGTON D.C. / MR. / NO. DATE" handwritten: maker's label inside bre
Description: 
Dark blue Air Force Colonel's evening double-breasted tailcoat with gold shoulder knots; left lapel bears silver-colored metal aircraft pilot's wings, with shield flanked by spread wings, 2 buttons on each side of the breast, Colonel's sleeve knots on each sleeve above insignia of spread wings with a propeller at the center, gilt and sky blue lace band beneath knows, no cuffs on the sleeves; 4 panels at the back of the bodice, with 2 buttons near the center at the waistline, a button at the bottom of each tail; all buttons are gold cast with the great seal of the U.S.; inside lined with black satin, horizontal slit pocket at the right breast.
Gallery Label: 
This Air Force tailcoat was worn by Colonel Stedman Shumway Hanks of New York during World War II; the Society owns the complete uniform. According to Col. Hanks, this uniform was not regulation issue in 1960 when it was donated. It was, however, required evening dress when the U.S.A.F. became a separate department of the War Department. It was required only for official receptions such as those at the White House and when military dignitaries held special meetings with foreign representatives.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Colonel Stedman Shumway Hanks
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group