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Civil War Naval Constructor's Frock Coat

Navy blue wool double-breasted nine-button Naval Constructor's frock coat with fold-down collar consistent with the 1864 Regulations. Typical gilt anchor buttons are marked "Scoville MFG. CO., Waterbury." Cuffs have correct two gold bullion stripes around the sleeve identical to the undress cuff worn by a lieutenant commander. Distinctive shoulder straps are navy blue cloth with single gold bullion border, gold oak leaves and gold sprig  with an acorn indicating the rank of Naval Constructor (under twelve years of service). Sleeve cuffs have bouillon straps that are inconsistent with the shoulder straps (but blacklight suggests they have been on the uniform a long time). Skirt is 20" to rough edge and sleeves are 10" bell-shaped.  Lining is dark olive, almost charcoal, in color.  Sleeves are lined in white with blue strips. Wide quilted patterns under arms. Piped pocket on inside left chest. Back of coat has three seams that lead to center vent. Vent has two buttons at top of vent. A complete Civil War naval staff officer's coat, unfortunately unidentified.  Rare.

Provenance:J. Frasca to Consignor 2000

Condition:Wool coat has natural coloring fading throughout the sleeves.  Wool material shows some signs of wear in the material.  Signs of mothing and moth holes on back of coat.  Lining has a repaired hole. Hole on front right side of skirt.  This is a very rare coat.  Overall condition is good.

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$2,468
05/01/2014

 

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