US M1885 OVERCOAT

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Item Code: 1235-55

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The 1885 overcoat changed color to the slightly darker Saxony blue. It retained its double breasted front, but went from two rows of five buttons to two rows six, as this one has. It retained the dark blue wool lining with a single pocket in the left breast, with the lining initially extending only to the waist and then made full length, as in this one, starting in 1897. A new feature of the M1885 was the addition of two hooks and eyes on the skirts, to enable them to be turned back for ease in marching. The fold-over collar was 4-inches wide, with squared corners and provided with hook and eye at the thoat. Underneath the collar, next to the neck, are a series of hooks to engage the eyes on a detachable cape lined in branch of service color (still dark blue for infantry even though they had shifted to white on the dress coats, etc., in the 1880s.)

The coat rates very good for condition, with nice color, strong seams, complete lining, all buttons and hooks, etc. It even has a nice soldier’s addition of a flat bone button inside at the waist, enabling him to fasten it more securely there by buttoning the left lapel into the buttonhole of the right before pulling the lapel to his right to fastening the buttonhole over the button on the right lapel. We see only some scattered pencil-point moth nips that are not obtrusive; a small ¼ inch nip on the left rear collar shows some of the interlining and could be colored or backed. A couple of other spots near the second buttonhole from the bottom on the left lapel appear to have been darned and blend in pretty well. On the left hip a 1-inch tear was sewn closed. A ½ by ¼ hole bear that is open, though disguised by the dark lining, and could be backed. We see three or four small, pencil point moth nips inside the lapels and three or four eraser size ones in the center back of the lining, concealed by folds. The white sleeve linings are complete and in place and the seams are good. The pocket is in place in the left breast. We note the upper seam of the pocket bag itself inside has opened up, but this is not evident unless you start fishing around in there and the stitching could easily be redone. All the buttons are in place and are the correct Indian War period general service eagle buttons. The small hanging tab inside the collar is missing.

This is a very nice US army regulation overcoat, with strong color and fabric. It would display well with any of the branch of service colored capes.  [sr][ph:L]

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