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    Charles Reich's Quartermaster Sergeant Dress Coat. This is the 1885-pattern enlisted man's dress coat with buff trim and epaulettes, gold sergeant's chevron and five service stripes (the last one a slightly different color). On the upper left sleeve is the Quartermaster's crossed quill and key embroidered in sterling silver thread. The overall length is 34". The coat was extremely well cared for.

    Charles Reich (1849-1907) was born in Hanover, Germany, came to the U.S. after the Civil War, and enlisted in 1871 in the 19th Infantry. His first discharge, with character noted as "excellent," took place at Fort Dodge, Kansas, in 1876 followed by his immediate reenlistment. In 1885 he was appointed Post Quartermaster Sergeant and assigned to Fort Clark, Texas.

    Reich's military career spanned 35 years broken only by his Dishonorable Discharge (!) at Fort Logan, Colorado. Within less than a year, he was reenlisted as Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant in the 34th Volunteer Infantry and sent to the Philippines. His last years were spent, interestingly, on Recruiting Service and as an infantryman. He retired - as a private - in 1906 and died just few months later.

    Clearly he knew nothing but soldiering, and his dress coat shows his special Prussian pride in uniform. This lot is accompanying by a copy of Reich's complete military file from the National Archives.
    From the Glenwood Swanson Collection.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2018
    9th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
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