U.S. Regulation Civil War Light Artillery Shell Jacket

U.S. Regulation Civil War Light Artillery Shell Jacket – This is a fine example of a Civil War, U.S. Issue, light artillery shell jacket. All elements of this jacket, including the stand-up collar, tape piping on the front, cuffs, base of the jacket, from shoulder to waist in the rear and on the bolsters, are in superior condition. The color of the red, artillery piping remains vivid, as does the color of the dark, blue wool body of the coat. Most of these red-trimmed shell jackets were issued to enlisted soldiers in the light artillery; interestingly, recent research, extant images and actual identified examples of these shell jackets indicate that some were issued to United States Colored Heavy Artillery units, as well. This jacket retains its full, cotton / muslin sleeve linings, with the inspector and size markings. The size markings, on this coat, are four dots (size 4), clearly marked in the upper right sleeve lining; the U.S. Army issued these jackets in four standard sizes. In addition to the size dots, a clear stamping of the date “1864” appears also on the upper right sleeve lining. Additional numbers and letters, period government stenciling, are visible on the loose, blanket- weave lining. This coat lining remains in fine condition. This artillery shell jacket is a superior example of an issued, Civil War, enlisted man’s uniform. SOLD

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