Wool, silk, metal
Overall: 3 1/2 x 17 x 36 3/4 in. ( 8.9 x 43.2 x 93.3 cm )
embroidered: on maker's label, inside neck: "Browning King & Co. / New York" cast: center of each button: "71" stamped: reverse of each button: "SCOVILL MFG CO. / WATERBURY"
Black wool double-breasted tailcoat with 1 1/4" closed stand-up collar (1 hook and eye) with gilt lacing near the throat; 2 fabric loops on each shoulder for epaulets; 9 buttons downs each side of the bodice front with horizontal black lacing between adjacent buttons, 2 color bars at the left breast; crossed flag insignia at the upper arm above 3-stripe gilt chevron, 5 rows of gilt at a diagonal above wrists, closed sleeves (no cuffs) with 4 buttons against gilt lacing; 4 panels at the back of the bodice with 2 buttons near the center at the waistline, each tail has gilt lacing in the form of a vertical pocket flap with 4 buttons, metal 5-pointed star with spangles at the bottom of each tail; all buttons cast with "71" at the center; bodice and sleeves lined with white twill-weave silk, bodice lightly padded and quilted, tails lined with green silk, each tail has a vertical slit pocket near the waistline.
This full dress tailcoat was worn by Noah Bruford when he was a color sergeant for the New York National Guard, 71st Infantry, in 1898.
Gift of Mr. Noah Bruford, 1932
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