Fine Example of a Civil War Federal Issue Artillery Shell Jacket – Product of the Cincinnati Arsenal
Fine Example of a Civil War Federal Issue Artillery Shell Jacket – Product of the Cincinnati Arsenal – This is perhaps the best condition shell jacket we have had – it is in nearly unissued condition; the deep blue, indigo dyed wool remains in superior shape, exhibiting no insect damage. The scarlet, branch of service piping composed of a red herringbone twill, retains its original, vibrant red color and is in superior condition. The collar piping consists of two pairs of double rows, terminating with a general service eagle, cuff button. All general service, 12 eagle front closure buttons, are in place, as are both pairs of eagle buttons on each, functional cuff. The collar’s japanned black, hook and eye closure devices are both present, as are the two back, exterior bolsters or pillows that were utilized to support the heavy, saber belt. The coat’s lining is the typical, heavy osnaburg type, coarse weave, beige material – the lining is in excellent condition, with virtually no stains or wear; the sleeve linings are constructed of an off white, near linen like cotton, and they remain in nearly untouched, unworn condition. The interior of the left breast has a slit pocket, lined in the same cotton as the sleeve linings. Clearly stamped, in the right interior shoulder of the sleeve lining is the U.S. Inspector’s stamp, in an oval inking, that states the following:
INSP. CIN. O”
Above the inspector’s stamp are the size stampings – “2” as well as two dots. The jacket exhibits a combination of hand stitching and machine stitching throughout.
Over the years ,we have had numerous Union, enlisted shell jackets, both cavalry and artillery, but this artillery shell jacket is perhaps the best example we have had – it borders on mint, unissued condition.