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    Rare Fine Condition West Point Cadet Coatee, Circa 1862. A classic symbol of the United States Military Academy, this swallow-tail coatee is the pattern adopted for the "Corps of Cadets" by the institution in 1862 and shows Civil War era styling with wide sleeves flaring at the elbows and tapering slightly to the cuffs and a 1½" stand up collar, closed by two hooks and eyes. The gray wool body has three rows of eight brass "ball" buttons down the front (two missing), trimmed across the chest in thin black silk cord that ends with a trefoil design at each end. Three of the same buttons are on each cuff with a similar black cord design in chevron, and another button at each side of the collar with the same trim. Six buttons embellish each tail (one missing) with three on the plaits and three in the center, trimmed with chevrons of black cord. The body is lined in a lightweight white canvas with brown polished cotton sleeve lining and a 2" x 6" leather reinforcement that backs the bottom three buttonholes. There are no markings (West Point produced their own uniforms at this time). The coatee is very sound with no discoloration. There is very minor mothing overall and some inconsequential frayed spots to the black trim, giving this rare coatee much character. An iconic uniform that is seldom available to the collector.

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    June, 2009
    25th Thursday
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