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    Mint Civil War Veteran Reserve Corps Jacket.
    One of the Civil War's most distinctive uniforms, as called for in regulations this Veteran Reserve Corps jacket is constructed "of sky-blue kersey, with dark-blue trimmings, cut like the jacket of the U.S. Cavalry." The piece is virtually mint, retaining all eleven of the original small general service buttons down the front, two at the collar and one at each shoulder strap. The piece has all its half inch wide dark blue worsted tape around the collar, straps, front and bottom and in a chevron at each cuff. The 2 1/2" tall stand-up collar still has the black japanned hook-and-eye closure device in place. The coarse off-white woolen lining shows little wear. Each sleeve is marked with two "size dots." One sleeve is stenciled "Sheetings" with the number 2 and a curlicue design, while the other is stamped "2/SA" indicating it was contracted for the Schuylkill Arsenal in Philadelphia. The Invalid Corps was created in 1863 to utilize meritorious soldiers who had been rendered unfit for active field service because of wounds or disease, but who were still fit for garrison or other light duty. The handsome uniform of this special branch is seldom offered. It would be difficult to find a better example than this.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2021
    6th Sunday
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