Title: Original Pre Civil War New York State Militia Officers Pre-waist seam Coatee Tailcoat. This incredible piece was picked up a bit ago from an estate in upstate New York. It is my believe as well as other individuals from various historical society experts professionals and curators that this piece is an early 1830's-1840's pre civil war grey pre-waiste coatee of most likely New York militia or Massachusetts militia. It is primarily believed that piece was made before New York transition to blue, as mentioned in the "Regulations For the Uniform and Dress of the Military Forces of the State of New York" (1851) which clarifies that, "all officers shall wear a frock of dark blue cloth" and the uniform for all non-commissioned officers, musicians and privates, shall be single breasted frock of dark blue cloth This leads to believe it is pre-regulation along with other exhibiting features like the metallic bullion sleeve stripes.
This feature suggest a 1830's vintage as your typical chevrons did not come into vogue until the Mexican War era. It also is reflective of the French military influences on military fashion. The incredible quality of this piece indicates that this was most likely used exclusively as dress attire for func. Tions, events and special occasions.
It should also be noted that the button loops are not machine sewn, further confirming the early 1830's time frame of this pre-war tailcoat. The company went out of business around 1848 and was to be replaced by D. Note that the waistline is devoid of buttons and buttonholes, which usually were placed in the seam between the skirt and the body, and being absent of corresponding buttons to the outer row suggesting the coat was worn with a waist-belt for a sword. The tall prussian style brown velvet collar is typical of coats in the 1830's-40's as are the shape and style of the cuff flaps and pocket flaps. Features: The coatee features 47 incredible early soap-dish style one-piece Robinson buttons in three columns across the front.
They appear to be originally attached with appropriate cotton sewing wire. The chest is nicely padded as expected.At the bottom, you can see the period eyelet hardware with stitching and evidence of the hook that was once affixed. The heavy brocade wire strips can be exhibited along the cuffs, the early sleeve chevron variants, the collar and the rear tails. All of these brocade strips and ascents have been meticulously hand-sewn as well as the vast majority of this piece including the collar, chevron variants, cuffs and sleeves, which have been lined with a cream cotton; this also includes the high collar, which has a brown velvet interior with an exterior comprised of red and brown cotton trip with boarding wire brocade strips.
The stout shoulders display the brocade epauluttes straps with a pair of eye holes on each side. If you have anything to share regarding this piece I would absolutely love to hear it!
Special thank you to the New York Historical Society and the Massachusetts Historical Society. Condition: As you an see, the quilted lining is not present nor does there appear to be any evidence of such a liner to my knowledge.
Various signs of discoloration, moth nips, holes, etc. Appears to be some slight restitching along upper side of the collar on one side. Given its age, it is safe to presume this piece has many condition things to report however the most notable ones have been mentioned above. This does not mean there are not more that I have missed, it simply means that this is what I value to be the most important condition characteristics to explicitly mention. Approx Measurements: As you have probably presumed, this tailcoat is displayed on a infant mannequin.
Like most, I picked up the collecting bug many years ago when I was younger rummaging through the nooks and crannies of my grandparent's summer house in upstate New York. Today, you can still see me doing the same thing, only I don't fit through much of those spots anymore but that doesn't stop me from enjoying the thrill of the hunt. Since I know you have the same eclectic tastes as I do because your reading this, please check out my other items section as I always have new unusual stuff coming in! It is my believe that the condition of an item is subjective, so I encourage you to look over each photo for your own condition assessment and when needed, inquire about additional photos or information regarding any of my items.
As with any vintage item, there is expected to be some general signs of use and wear; if there is no mention that an item is New or Mint, you should expect this to be the case. Additionally, please feel free to contact me regarding any questions or concerns.
I try my best to accurately. Thanks for viewing and making it down this far! The item "1830s Pre Civil War CW New York Militia Artillery Officers Tailcoat Coatee Shell" is in sale since Friday, June 12, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Uniforms". The seller is "historieshiddenheirlooms1" and is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.This item can be shipped to United States.