Civil War Major of the Infantry Frock Coat
Civil War Major of the Infantry Frock Coat – This is a superior example of a Civil War period, infantry Major’s frock coat. The coat remains in excellent condition, with some tiny, near inconsequential moth nips. The body of the coat is made of a fine quality, deep blue, indigo dyed, English broadcloth wool. The coat exhibits all of the following, Civil War frock coat characteristics: unhemmed, raw cut skirt bottoms; “balloon” elbows (cuff width – 5”, elbow width – 8”); body length (to the mid-coat hem) – 16”, skirt length (mid-hem to bottom of skirt) – 17”; gathered shoulders; heavily quilted, black silk lining; brown cotton lined tail pockets; brass-buckled, silk interior tightening belt; hand-whipped, corded buttonholes; deep blue velvet lined collar; black japanned hook and eye closure at the front of the collar; even width, blue striped cotton sleeve linings. All of the buttons (Staff Officer grade) remain in place – two rows of seven on the front, four on the back tails; all cuff buttons remain in place, as well. The rank straps are faux bullion, Smith’s Patent straps that remain in excellent condition; the Major’s gold oak leaves are in fine condition, as well, as is the deep, blue velvet, denoting the infantry branch of service, in the middle of each strap. This is truly a finely tailored coat, remaining in very fine condition; double-breasted, higher officer frock coats have always been more difficult to find, and this is one of the best we have had.