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    Captain Malcolm McArthur: His Model 1872 Undress Blouse. Commanding Company C, 17th Infantry, Captain McArthur was one of the first officers to see the scope of the 7th Cavalry's horrific loss at Little Bighorn. His background and military biography have been recounted above as context for his spectacular dress uniform and accouterment. One part of that lot was a cabinet photograph of Captain McArthur in his infantry officer's 1872-pattern 5-button undress or fatigue blouse. That blouse is offered here. The 1872 blouse, only a step removed from the basic (and somewhat frumpy) 4-button sack coat universally worn during the Civil War, was adapted into one of the handsomest military garments of the Old Army. With its frogging on the front and ribbon trim, along with the slightly tailored lines, Infantry-blue shoulder straps with sterling-thread embroidered frame and captain's bars, and with its full complement of brass Infantry "I" buttons - well, it is easy to understand why McArthur would look so composed yet so proud while sitting for the photographer. The wear inside and out is obvious, and the trim is rubbed and chipped in places, but the old coat is in pretty good shape for its age. Even without McArthur's Little Bighorn association, this is a classic and essential piece of military apparel.
    From the Glenwood Swanson Collection.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2018
    9th Saturday
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