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Tailcoat

Object Number: 
1949.160a
Date: 
1847
Medium: 
Wool, silk, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 1/2 x 19 x 38 1/2 in. ( 8.9 x 48.3 x 97.8 cm )
Description: 
Dark blue serge single-breasted tailcoat; 2 1/2" stand-up collar (1 hook and eye) with metal leaf garland embroidery, motif repeated at the open cuffs (2 buttons); 9 buttons down the front of the bodice; 4 panels at the back, with metal leaf bouquet embroidery at the center of the waistline flanked by buttons, a button at the bottom of each tail; bodice and tails lined with white moiré, breast, collar and shoulder yoke of bodice lightly padded and quilted; all buttons cast with shield-breasted eagle with a banner above inscribed "E PLURIBUS UNUM".
Gallery Label: 
This tailcoat was worn by Stephen Keyes Stanton (1826-1914), Secretary of Legation in Paris under Richard Ruch, during President Polk's administration, from 1847-1849. The Society also owns the matching trousers to this uniform.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Samuel M. Stanton
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group