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    1887 Ensemble for a 10th Cavalryman. We will keep using words such as "extraordinary" and "remarkable" to describe the condition of the uniforms and accoutrements in this collection, and they are barely adequate as adjectives. Each of the pieces in this ensemble stands out:
    (a) The 1887 nine-button dress tunic, 30" long, is lightly sweat-stained in the lining but is otherwise in excellent condition.
    (b) The trousers, 41" in overall length with 29½" inseam, are in excellent condition with the piping fully intact.
    (c) The 33" belt and buckle are marked "Rock Island Arsenal;" the saber hangers are stamped "C7 33."
    (d) The 1885-pattern boots are slightly "down at the heel" - they saw some use - but are otherwise in very good shape, with 16½" tops.
    (e) The helmet is fully intact with 10th Cavalry insignia, in fine condition, with pre-1887 plume and cord.

    This outfit may have been worn by one of the black troopers who, a decade later, saved the bacon of Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders at Kettle and San Juan Hills. Five men of the 10th Cavalry were awarded the Medal of Honor for their valor in Cuba.
    From the Glenwood Swanson Collection.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2018
    9th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
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