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Tailcoat

Object Number: 
INV.11351
Date: 
1820-1835
Medium: 
Wool, silk, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 1/2 x 22 x 45 1/2 in. ( 14 x 55.9 x 115.6 cm )
Marks: 
cast: reverse of each button: "TREBBLE GILT / AND COLOUR"
Description: 
Red and blue wool artillery officer's double-breasted tailcoat; open 4" stand-up collar with 2 strips gilt lacing from the throat to the shoulder, with buttons at the terminus; buttonholes for epaulettes near the neck; 7 sets of hooks and eyes at the center of the bodice, with detachable plastron which buttons with 9 buttons down each side; open cuffs with 4 buttons around the wrists; 4 panels at the back of the bodice, with 2 buttons at the center of the waistline, tails have 2 false pockets just below the waistline with 4 buttons in a horizontal row beneath, 2 buttons at the inside center of each tail, gold metal embroidered shell and flame insignia on the tip of each tail; collar, plastron, cuffs and trim of tails are red, bodice, sleeves and center of tails are blue; all buttons are cast with eagle perched on a cannon, with 3 cannon balls beneath; bodice lined with black silk, tails lined with red wool, sleeves lined with white silk.
Gallery Label: 
The original record for this uniform stated that this tailcoat was worn in La Fayette's formal procession of 1824; however, there is no supporting evidence, and the shell and flame insignia wasn't worn by regulation on coat tails until around 1832.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group