Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Frock Coat Attributed to Elisha Hunt Rhodes, 2nd Rhode Island Infantry

    Civil War Union Officers' Frock Coat Attributed to Lt. Colonel Elisha Hunt Rhodes, 2nd Rhode Island Infantry. A superb example featuring quality blue wool with polished cotton lining, quilted in the upper body with draped skirt. Great period sleeve cut, 8 ½-inch elbows tapering to a 4-inch cuff, raw cut skirt edge. White cotton sleeve lining, brown polished cotton breast pocket and tail pocket lining. 1 ¼-inch black velvet lined standup collar. Double breasted seven button front with all of the original Tiffany & Co. infantry buttons. Two W. G. Mintzer infantry buttons on top of the rear pleats, and one Evans and one Tiffany on the bottom pleats. Closed cuffs with all of the original infantry cuff buttons with mostly Tiffany backmarks. Original colonel of infantry shoulder straps, 1 ¾-inches wide, with very heavy double bullion and gilt wire borders, silver bullion oak leaf, light-blue velvet background.

    Verbal provenance and an old typed label reading "UNIFORM OF ELISHA N. [sic] RHODES / LT. COLONEL / 2ND RHODE ISLAND INFANTRY", attribute this excellent example to Elisha Hunt Rhodes (1842-1917). Rhodes enlisted as a corporal June 5, 1861 and mustered into D Company of the 2nd Rhode Island. He steadily rose in rank during the war breveted as a Lt. Col. in April of 1865. He mustered out July 13, 1865 at Hall's Hill, Virginia. After the war he was heavily involved in the GAR, and served as the Commander of the Rhode Island militia from 18779-1893. Excerpts from Rhodes' diary were extensively used in Ken Burns' excellent documentary The Civil War.

    Condition: Very good. Scattered areas of small moth holes; some splits and tears in the lining; otherwise the frock coat shows honest wear at the neck, cuffs and edge of the tail.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2017
    11th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 11
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 2,414

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $250,000 (minimum $19), plus 20% of any amount between $250,000 and $2,500,000, plus 12% of any amount over $2,500,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2020 March 4 Rare Books Signature Auction Books Signature Auction - New York .

    Learn about consigning with us

    You reach a customer base that is in many ways completely unknown to the major auction houses, and your marketing to this base is as professional as one could hope for. As I continue to wind down my holdings.
    Michael Z.,
    Hawthorne, NY
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 November 2 Lincoln and His Times Americana & Political Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 November 2 Lincoln and His Times Americana & Political Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $1,799,801