Militia Coatee c. 1850 – 1875
Militia Coatee c. 1850 – 1875 – This elaborately arrayed coatee is adorned with red and white trim, overlaid upon a fine blue wool coatee, enhanced by many strands of decorative gold bullion. The coatee appears to date from the mid-19th century and is most assuredly from a U.S. militia unit, as it has U.S. Staff officer buttons, both coat and cuff size; the back marks of the buttons date from both the Civil War period to the post-war period. The interior lining of the coat is a heavily quilted and batted light brown cotton; the sleeve linings are also lined with a light brown cotton, as well. The coat exhibits degrees of machine and hand stitching and remains in excellent condition. Mid-19th century epaulettes rest on both shoulders of the coatee. Many of these types of coats were worn prior to the Civil War, by militia units in both the North and South and even saw some early war service, as well. The coatte is missing two coat size Staff buttons.