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    Civil War Uniform Set of George Brown Eckert, 3rd United States Infantry, from Reading, Pa. Eckert mustered into the 3rd Infantry on 8/5/61 as a 2d Lieutenant. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant on 3/12/62, serving with the regiment until May 1863. During his term of service the regiment was engaged in the Peninsula Campaign, The Seven Days, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. The group includes the following: Eckert's single breasted nine button infantry officer's frock coat in about perfect condition. Retains all the original Horstmann & Allen eagle I buttons with most of the original gilt. Velvet lined standup collar, breast and tail pockets lined with brown polished cotton and white cotton sleeve lining. Black silk quilted breasts with black silk draped lining in back and tails. 1 1/2" wide maroon Moroccan leather 'belt' at the waist with closure affected with a metal buckle at the front. Excellent sleeve cut, raw cut hem. The coat retains the original set of fringed gold bullion dress epaulettes with gilt brass crescents, eagle staff buttons and light blue wool 2" diameter insignia with 3 in the center in gold bullion and gold bullion border. Some minor mothing on the light blue wool insignia, else the coat and epaulettes are near perfect with just one small tear with no loss under the left epaulette attaches. The coat is constructed with pairs of hand whipped eyelets at the shoulders for attaching shoestring tie straps. Nine button front blue wool vest with 8 small eagle I buttons and one small eagle A, obviously a replacement, else the vest is about perfect. Standup collar, white cotton interior lining, with brown polished cotton on the belted back. The buckle of black enamel with gilded brass tines marked "Charles Stokes". Vest just shows some minor wear/use at the armpits; full length, also about mint condition maroon silk sash with 9" tassels; fine condition officer's sword belt in near mint condition. Supple complete condition including sword slings and over the shoulder strap. Very fine quality rectangular eagle plate with medium width tongue and nice untouched patina; Pair of classic Civil War boots. 14" high, rising slightly at the front. Square toe, wooden pegged soles and steel pegged heels. Excellent sound supple condition with no crazing, flaking or breaks, just showing some honest wear/use. Eckert's officer's quality kepi. Fine quality blue wool body standing 3 3/4" high at the front. Just a few tiny scattered moth holes, really negligible, and some moth 'tracking' but really excellent. 9/16" tarred leather chinstrap with brass buckle, two adjusting loops and eagle staff side buttons. Bound tarred leather visor perfect. 1 1/4" maroon Moroccan leather sweatband about perfect just showing some minor honest use. Black silk lining quilted in the crown also about perfect. An exceptionally nice Civil War officer's kepi; Eckert's non-reg foot / staff officer's sword. All brass hilt with fluted bird head pommel, backstrap. Basket pierced with scroll work and engraved spread win eagle with arrows and laurel leaves in talons and riband with motto in beak. Fish skin grip with triple brass wire wrap, perfect. Blade excellent with just some minor staining and absolutely no rust or pitting retaining much of the original luster. Small brass "Proved" disc inset of one side of ricasso, and marked "F. Horster / Solingen" on the other. One side of blade with etched panel incorporating scroll work and spread wing eagle with motto. The other side with a similar panel with scroll work and large fancy block US. Steel scabbard with brass throat, ring mounts, rings and drag, about perfect with no dents. The sword is overall completely untouched with nice patina; also included are a number of photographs of Eckhart and his family including a Civil war period CDV of Eckert wearing this exact uniform and vest. Also a pamphlet from the Loyal Legion including Eckert's obituary. A wonderful Civil War uniform grouping of a gallant officer who saw combat service in some of the war's bloodiest battles.

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