Wool, silk, metal
Overall: 3 x 18 3/4 x 38 in. ( 7.6 x 47.6 x 96.5 cm )
cast: on each button: "EXCELSIOR / NATIONAL GUARD" stamped: reverse of each button: "RIDABOCK & CO. / N.Y." embroidered: on maker's label, inside left breast: "Ridabock & Co. / New York"
Gray wool New York National Guard single-breasted artillery tailcoat with 2" closed stand-up collar (2 sets hooks and eyes) with black lacing trim around the outer edges and gilt lacing from the throat to the shoulders, with a single button near each shoulder, collar lined with black silk; loops and evidence of epaulette attachments on each shoulder; 3 vertical rows of 10 buttons down the front, with stripes of black lacing relating the rows of buttons horizontally; 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 of the waistline, false pockets on the tails with 4 buttons against gilt lacing on the false flaps, shell and flame artillery insignia at the bottomof each tail; all buttons cast with an eagle with a shield in its beak flying above a banner reading "NYSA", encircled by "EXCELSIOR / NATIONAL GUARD"; bodice lined with white silk, lightly padded and quilted, sleeves lined with white silk with blue pin stripes, tails are lined with black silk and have a vertical slit pocket inside each tail.
This artillery coat was worn by Private Edmond C. Bonaventure, who served in the 7th Regiment of New York State's National Guard from 1918-1931. The Society also owns other pieces of Bonaventure's uniforms.
Gift of Mr. Edmond C. Bonaventure
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