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    Rare Regulation 1864-Dated Artillery Enlisted Man's Frock Coat. Certainly one of the most difficult regulation Civil War garments to obtain, this U.S. Army enlisted uniform coat for artillery is highlighted by bold 1864 contractor's markings in the sleeve. The overall appearance is impressive and exhibits great character. The blue wool body is in fine condition and retains its original general service "eagle" buttons (missing just one at the functional cuffs). The cuffs and the tall 1¾" collar are trimmed with welting of bright red wool, as called for in regulations for artillery units. Inside one white cotton sleeve lining is clearly stenciled in black "J.B. BOYLAN, Newark, NJ/ Contract Nov. 3d. 1864" above which is a size number "3." The same number is stenciled in the other sleeve. The padded, green polished cotton interior chest lining shows some discoloration and has some modest loss of fabric, as does the lining of the tail vent pockets, one of which is mostly missing. There are a handful of negligible moth holes mostly on the back tail section, which also has a spot of discoloration, and around six larger ones about the size of a quarter or smaller scattered elsewhere. A native of Ireland, John Boylan began his career as a well known Newark clothier in 1847 and on November 3, 1864, received a contract for 25,000 artillery uniform coats of which this is one. A very important yet hard garment to find.

    ‡ The owner placed a late bid on this unreserved lot and repurchased it, subject to applicable commission.

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    June, 2009
    25th Thursday
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