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    Mexico: Mexican Army General de Brigada Gonzalo Acosta Mason, Dress and Undress Uniforms with Spiked Helmet (Pickelhaube ) and Fore-and-Aft Hat, 1905-1910. General Acosta Mason's spectacular uniforms and headgear conform to the Mexican Army uniform regulations that were introduced in 1905, in the last days of the long rule of President Porfirio Díaz, and were made obsolete by the Mexican Revolution in 1910. The 1905 regulations were a curious mix of German, French, and British military fashions. Officers were required to purchase their uniforms and headgear, but the tremendous expense kept most officers, including general officers, from actually acquiring a full set. Included in General Acosta Mason's five-piece wardrobe are:
    Mexican General Officer Pickelhaube Helmet, German made, of lacquered leather with a highly detailed front plate of a spread-wing Mexican eagle in mercury-gilded brass. The plate retains almost all of its original gilding with the high areas lightly polished to provide contrast to the lower frosted areas. The plate is affixed by two screw posts. The helmet has a fluted spike, a smooth spike, and two parade plumes, one with green and white swan feathers, and the other, with black feathers. The Perlring is "officer pattern" on a cruciform spike base with frosted star mounts. The squared front visor has rounded trim. The rear spine is high quality with channels on both sides. The chin-scales are gilded with covered mounts. The officer cockade has red tips, a silvered ring of diagonal ribbing, and a green painted center. The interior has a calf-skin sweat band with a scalloped top. The skullcap is tan ribbed silk. The underside of the front visor is green and the rear is red. Under the skullcap are several light pencil notations, including "55", the helmet size. The helmet is in the original cloth-lined, lacquered canvas conical box.
    Mexican General Officer Cocked or Fore-and-Aft Hat, British made, with a stiff felt base, heavy gold lace, and ostrich feather comb. There is gold twist wire at the points and over a silk cockade of red and green separated by silver wire. The button is a French-made two-piece button with the Mexican eagle above "RM" for República de México. The sweatband is calf and the hat has a white silk lining with the British Royal Arms. The hat has the fitted cloth covered paperboard box, although the lid is missing.
    Mexican General Officer Full Dress Tail Coat, 1905, French made, of the finest wool and with spectacular gold bullion wire embroidery. The coat has a standing collar with a single run of gold wire embroidery. The entire coat has gold wire piping, as do the pockets and cuffs. The shoulders have embroidered wire straps. Each tail has a heavy wire Mexican eagle above a wreath of laurel. There is elaborate wire embroidery at the small of the back. The coat is single-breasted with nine French-made two-piece buttons with the Mexican eagle and a riband that reads, "República Méxicana". There are an additional two buttons at the waist in back. The coat is fully lined with silk in the sleeves and black satin in the body. Stitched into the lining in green thread are the initials "GA" above a wreath.
    Mexican General Officer Service Dress Coat, 1905, French made, of high quality dark blue wool and with gold bullion wire embroidery. The coat has a standing collar with a single run of gold wire embroidery. The coat has gold wire piping at the cuffs and the crossed cannon and grenade for the artillery on the left sleeve. The coat is single-breasted with holes for seven buttons in the front with an additional six button holes on the back of the skirt (all buttons are missing). There are four flap pockets (also without buttons). The coat is fully lined with cotton in the sleeves and black satin in the body. Stitched into the lining in green thread are the initials "G" and "A". There is a sword slit at the waist.
    Mexican Officer Full Dress Short Coat, pre-1905. The coat is French made, of dark blue worsted wool and with black cord knots and lace. The coat has a standing collar with gold wire grenades at the neck. The coat has three gold lace stripes and red piping at the cuff indicating the rank of colonel in the artillery. The back is covered with black cord and lace in elaborate Austrian knots. The coat is triple-breasted and can accommodate twenty-one buttons. There are only eleven of the original French-made artillery buttons in front with the crossed cannon and grenade, and two at the waist in back. The coat is fully lined with cotton in the sleeves and black satin in the body. Stitched into the lining in green thread are the initials "GA".

    The older model short coat shows moderate wear. The other two coats, the hat, and the helmet are in very fine or better condition. There is slight separation in the silk satin lining at the back, near the collar, on the 1905 full dress coat. The helmet has some crazing around the spike base and a small bit of lacquered leather loss on the top. The box for the helmet has heat crazing and missing straps, else fine. This is the best Mexican General's uniform and pickelhaube helmet set offered in recent memory.


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    December, 2009
    12th Saturday
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