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    Complete and Identified United States Regulation Uniform Grouping with Rare "Corded" Frock Coat. This cap, coat and trousers combination was worn by Pvt. Cassius C. Collins, Co. A, 101st Pa. Vol. Infantry and is in exceptional condition. The regulation uniform coat included in this set is trimmed on the high stand-up collar and cuffs in sky-blue cording as opposed to material that is welted into the coat's seams as more commonly found. The coat has its entire compliment of original buttons and the lining is excellent, marked with only the two inked "dots" in each sleeve to designate its size. The trousers are made according to regulation from the typical sky-blue cloth, with vented back and cuffs, a watch pocket at the waistband and pockets along the outer seam. The waistband bears the scarce contract markings, partially obscured, "J. W. Jr. & Co./New York." The headgear is the standard government issue forage cap and retains its original chin strap and side buttons. The interior still has its full paper contract "U.S. Army" label affixed. On the high crown is a 1" tall brass company letter "A" over ¾ inch regimental number "101," as per regulation, giving the piece a particularly pleasing appearance. The fine condition of each element in this grouping is remarkable and the set is accompanied by an original copy of the regimental history. Collins joined this fighting regiment in February, 1864 and was mustered out in June, 1865 in New Berne, N.C. The grouping was obtained directly from Collins' descendents by a Pittsburgh, Pa. antique dealer who related that an elderly member of the family recalled wearing it as a Halloween costume in the 1930s! Sets this complete are almost non-existent.



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    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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