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    SUPERB CONFEDERATE LIEUTENANT COLONEL OF STAFF OFFICER'S REGULATION FROCK COAT AND SASH. Cadet gray wool with 1 ¾" high buf wool faced stand up collar. Two 1 ½" five pointed star affixed on each side of the collar. Significantly the attachment wires of the stars are not visible on the inside of the collar and they were clearly attached before the buff facing was stitched in place. The sleeves exhibit outstanding period sleeve cut, measuring 9 ½" at the elbows and 5" at the split cuffs. 3 strips of ¼" bullion tape quatrefoil, per regulation, on each sleeve. Seven button double breasted front with Yankee staff buttons. Seven of the buttons have the "Extra Quality" backmark, six are "Waterbury Button Co. Extra" and one "Steele & Johnson". The buttons all appear to be original to the coat. Interestingly there is evidence on the right breast, 2" to the side of the existing row of buttons where another row of buttons was once affixed, the owner apparently losing girth during his period of service. The striking brown, red, white and blue plaid lining is draped throughout, no quilting. The sleeve linings are white cotton. And there is a small, 2 ½", pocket in the left breast edged with white cotton. The red silk sash is 2 ½" wide and is rather unusual, although typically Confederate, having 2 ½" flat woven caps on the 8 1/2" tassels. The sash has always been with this coat. A handsome and rare regulation Confederate frock coat worn by a high ranking staff officer.

    PROVENANCE: Headley Collection

    CONDITION:
    Body with a number of small moth holes, several with old stitched repairs, which detract little and simply testify to the coat's great age. Wool lining also w/some scattered moth holes but excellent and very sound. Buttons show no signs of being restitched and all appear to be original to the coat. Cotton sleeve linings perfect. With the exception of a few small areas where the stitching has popped the bullion quatrefoil is tight. Brass button and collar stars with nice patina, retaining much of the original gilt. The sash is perfect.


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    Auction Dates
    December, 2007
    1st Saturday
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