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    Classic, Exceptional Condition United States Army Regulation Four-Button Fatigue Blouse with Maker and Inspector Markings. The omnipresent "sack coat of dark blue flannel" first appeared in 1859 and by the outbreak of the Civil War was standard issue to all branches of the Union Army. Utilitarian, inexpensive and simple; the sack coat was worn in camp and battlefield and seldom survived in any condition to be retained as a souvenir. After the war, surplus stockpiles were issued until exhausted. It is among the most difficult items of soldier's clothing to obtain and specimens are rarely available on the market. Although showing some wear, this specimen can be considered to be in mint condition. There are essentially no tears or moth damage and its four original general service "eagle" buttons remain in place. Adding to the appeal are the bold maker's markings "J.T MARTIN/ OCT 1864" in the right sleeve and the stamp of Cincinnati Depot inspector George B. Fry in the left, along with size designation number "2." The piece also has its original full lining of loosely woven green muslin and the standard large breast pocket. A true rarity and worthy of the very best collection.



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    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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