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Civil War Rifle Officer's 1st Lieutenant's Frock Coat

Navy blue wool nine-button single-breasted First Lt. Officer's rifleman frock coat.  Buttons are marked "Horstmann & Co."  Shoulder straps are green cloth material with single thick gold bullion outlined on each side with small gold bullion.  Has first lieutenants' gold bullion rank bar.  Three-button serviceable cuff. Black lining with wide quilted pattern under arms and sleeves have white lining.  Piped inside chest pocket on left side.  Skirt measures 15.5" to rough edge and sleeves are 8.5" at bell shaped elbow.  Three-seam back that leads to center vent with 2 buttons at top and middle of vent.

Made to the specifications of the unknown owner, this coat was tailored to fit tighter than typical Civil War frock coats.  It is, in fact, a throw-back to the style of construction prevalent during the Mexican War and before the adoption of the 1851 uniform regulations.  A number of states recruited companies and regiments of sharpshooters including the 66th Illinois Western Sharpshooters and the 1st Michigan Volunteer Sharpshooters.  Massachusetts raised a number of battalions and regiments designated "Rifles" as did Pennsylvania (1st Pennsylvania Rifles)  The two famous regiments of green clad United States Sharpshooters were likewise organized from independent companies of riflemen.  It is impossible to identify this rare frock coat to a particular unit.

Provenance:T. Haas to Consignor 2004

Condition:Coat has signs of mothing and moth holes on shoulders, collar and front of coat.  Sleeves have signs of mothing and moth holes. Left arm has a period repaired hole and hole on right cuff.  Front and back of skirt has mothing and moth holes.  Back has mothing and noticeable moth holes throughout the back. Still, overall condition is good.

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$5,100
05/01/2014

 

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