US 1885 PATTERN ARTILLERY COAT

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Item Code: 2024-187

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This is a very strong example of the U.S. regulation Indian War period artillery coat. From 1866 to 1898 there were only five regiments of artillery, most of whose companies served in defensive fortifications and later became the “coast artillery.” This is the 1885 pattern coat, which followed the infantry foot pattern, using a dark blue body and gilt brass general service eagle buttons, but using the regulation red artillery trim. The entire collar correctly bears the branch of service color, rather than just the short panels toward the front used on the 1872 pattern. The shoulder straps are in place, as are the cuff and long tail plackets, all red, as is the piping of the lapel and tail vent. As is correct, there are no belt loops. All buttons are in place and correct Indian War 1883 style general service eagle buttons. The colors are strong and we see no moth damage.

The interior is very good as well. The white sleeve and body linings, quilted in the chest, are all there, as is the black lining of the skirt. The seams are tight and there is no moth damage, wear spots, or tears. The white body lining does show some minor soiling and sweat stains, and several names of soldiers to whom it was issued. “Rankin” is one name. “Gill” is another, which has been crossed out. The sleeve bears a US Quartermaster Department Jeffersonville Depot inspector’s stamp, indicating it was received there and passed by “Inspector No. 4.” The stamp is legible, but it is clear the fabric had a partial fold when the marking was applied, making it only partial- it looks like he actually tried twice.

This is a colorful, regulation US army issue coat in great condition that would spiff up any uniform, artillery, or Indian War collection.  [sr][ph:L]

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