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Federal Regulation Civil War Infantry / Dismounted Overcoat

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Federal Regulation Civil War Infantry / Dismounted Overcoat - The Federal regulation infantry overcoat for enlisted men, remains the iconic uniform element of the Civil War; countless, period images depict soldiers wearing these coats. It has become very difficult to find decent examples of this coat now. This coat was manufactured of the standard, Union issue, sky blue kersey wool, buttoning with six eagle buttons on the front. Per regulation, it is single breasted, and complete with its elbow-length cape, which buttons with six small eagle buttons. The original, wool, tightening belt, with its two buttons, remains intact, on the back of the coat. This adjustable belt was made of two strips of wool, about seven inches long, per strip. There are two buttonholes on the left strip with one button on the right strip. The collar is about three inches high and has three lines of stitching running completely around it. The bottom of the coat has the typical split opening. This greatcoat is in overall good condition, with great color. There are some areas of stress pull and scattered moth damage, with some more noticeable areas under the cape; these are not visible when the cape is down. The interior lining has been restored, with half of the lining being the original, dark blue, kersey wool. The collar is about three inches high and has three lines of stitching running completely around it. Both sleeves are lined with the original, white cotton / linen lining. The contractor for this coat did not put cuffs on it, so they are absent and were never there. The U.S. inspector’s stamp is clearly visible in the upper left arm’s interior lining. This coat is an actually issued and worn in the field example; a tantalizing patch of cotton is stitched to the coat’s interior, in the back of the upper neck area, with the inked name of the soldier / original owner – unfortunately, it is seemingly unreadable. The dismounted overcoat is an essential aspect of any Civil War uniform collection. SOLD

 

 

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