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    Colorful, Identified "Undress Duty" Artillery Officer's Jacket U.S. uniform regulations in 1861 allowed light artillery officers to wear "a round jacket, according to pattern, of dark blue cloth, trimmed with scarlet" when on "undress duty." This is an excellent example of such a garment, custom tailored for the owner and in keeping with the many variations of such popular jackets seen in period photographs. The short blue coat features a 1" tall collar trimmed on each side with a 3" long red patch on which is a small eagle "A" artillery officers button, and retaining the original hook-and-eye closure device. Nine coat-size artillery officers buttons are on the front. A 4" loop to support the sword belt is at the bottom of the left side, fastened at the top by another small artillery officers button. The sleeves have the wide elbows typical of the period. At each cuff is a scalloped flashing extending upwards 5", now missing the three small buttons that once decorated them. The body and sleeve lining are a lightweight ribbed canvas showing period use and soiling but complete and very sound. A small pocket is in the left breast. Clearly written in period ink on the lower part of the lining is the original owner's name "Sedgwick." The coat shows honest wear with a minimum of scattered moth holes most visible at the base of one cuff and extending about 4" along the lower edge of one side. Although highly popular among officers of both light and heavy artillery regiments during the Civil War, existing specimens of these jackets are quite scarce. This is a particularly "dashing" and colorful example.

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    December, 2012
    8th Saturday
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