DescriptionCavalry Officer's Grouping Containing Frock Coat, 1851 Colt Navy Revolver, Holster, Sword Belt and Telescopes to Captain Luman G. Pierce 8th Illinois Cavalry The highlight is Pierce's classic frock coat, single breasted nine button front, three buttons on each cuff and two on each tail, all Scovill Mfg Co eagle "C", one missing. Excellent period sleeve cut, tufted at the shoulders, raw cut skirt. Very fine quality blue wool, black polished cotton quilted breast lining, draped skirt. Lining is excellent with wear at the sleeve linings. Breast and tail pockets lined with brown polished cotton. White / red striped cotton sleeve lining, stand up collar, which rises to 1 1/2" at the back. No shoulder straps. Wool with a few small scattered moth holes and wear at the cuffs. Overall excellent, very sound, with nice color and lots of character. Colt Model 1851 .36 Caliber Percussion Revolver serial # 101181 numbers matching except the wedge, 6 1/4" octagon barrel. Metal is mostly smooth and gray with a few areas of minor pitting, 30 % cylinder scene. Tight crisp action, excellent bore. Grips cracked with two screw repairs, grip straps bent slightly back. Leather holster which shows wear to the black finish and crazing, period rivet repair at the tab. Worn through at the muzzle end perfectly matching the pistol position.
Officer's sword belt with fine quality M1851 belt plate with medium width tongue. Brown patent leather belt with double stitched border, showing service wear and crazing, single sword hanger, clip spring broken. 1841 U.S. Cavalry Tactics manual printed in three parts, dated 1864, 450 pages of text plus 119 pages of plates. Cloth binding shows moderate wear and has a few loose pages. Written in the cover in ball point pen " Grandfather Captain Luman G. Pierce In the Civil War". Two stage brass telescope that measures 35 1/4" extended, sliding lense covers, worn leather cover, cracked front lens. Small four stage brass telescope measuring 18" extended, worn leather covers, missing its sliding lens cover. Photograph of Pierce later in life wearing a Masonic fez.
Accompanying the group is a notarized letter dated October 14, 1991 from Jane Fagen, a direct descendent of Luman Pierce attesting to the family provenance of the group.
Luman G. Pierce enlisted on August 30, 1861 as a sergeant, on September 18, 1861 commissioned into Co "A" 8th Illinois Cavalry. Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant April 7, 1863 and Captain July 6, 1863. Mustered out on January 24, 1865.
The 8th Illinois Cavalry served with the Army of Potomac and Dept of Washington D.C. The 8th was heavily engaged throughout the war losing 75 men killed and mortally wounded.
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