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    Exceedingly Rare Pattern 1832 Staff Officer's Coatee Stunning in both its rarity and appearance, this handsome blue wool coatee follows the regulations for staff officers in the years leading up to the Mexican War. The single-breasted garment's distinctive 3" stand-up collar is trimmed four inches back on each side in buff. Similar trim is on the edges of the 22" long tails which narrow to finish with a sequin-and-gold embroidery six-pointed star, denoting a member of the general staff. All nine rare original staff officer buttons remain on the front as do four at each false back pocket and two at the hip. Three matching small buttons are at each functional cuff. All have the familiar "gilt, convex with spread eagle and stars" design for staff officers, introduced in 1832 with this coatee (marked "J.M.L. & W.H. Scovill/Waterbury/Extra Superfine" noted in Albert as GS13A and considered particularly scarce). The rims and backs of these three-piece buttons have tarnished and become blackened with age, but are easily restored. The face of each remains bright with generous hints of the original finish. The original tie-on gilt epaulets with brass crescents and 2 ½" wire fringe are still in place but are now missing their buttons and most of the silk that lined the undersides. The body of the coat is lined in buff silk which has weakened with age and is about 75 percent intact, although the white cotton sleeve lining is in excellent condition. Overall the garment is remarkably sound with only a few negligible moth nips and slightly more damage and fraying at the base of one tail. A very rare opportunity to obtain a key piece in the evolution of American uniforms seldom ever available on the collectors market.

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    December, 2012
    8th Saturday
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