• Creator
  • Unknown
  • Created Date
  • 10-13-03
  • Description
  • This U.S. Army artillery officer's tailcoat was worn only on special occasions. It is made of dark blue wool with red wool trim on its standing collar, cuffs, tails, one side of the jacket opening and along the bottom edge of the coat opening. The tailcoat is cut off at the waist with long tails on the rear. The chest is padded and has three rows of ten buttons each. Each button is dome-shaped and made of gold-colored metal. The U.S. National ... more
    This U.S. Army artillery officer's tailcoat was worn only on special occasions. It is made of dark blue wool with red wool trim on its standing collar, cuffs, tails, one side of the jacket opening and along the bottom edge of the coat opening. The tailcoat is cut off at the waist with long tails on the rear. The chest is padded and has three rows of ten buttons each. Each button is dome-shaped and made of gold-colored metal. The U.S. National Eagle symbol with the letter "A" stamped on the eagle's chest on obverse and a circle of stars and five circular ridges on reverse is on the buttons. Identical buttons are sewn on the tails, fours on each tail and two at the waist. At the bottom of each tail a six-pointed star is embroidered using gold coiled, metallic thread and thin gold, metal discs. Each cuff has three gold buttons identical to those on chest, although there is a space for four buttons on each cuff. Two hook-and-eye sets close each cuff. The collar is lined with dark gold velvet; the sleeves are lined with tan cotton; the chest is unlined; and the tails are lined with red fabric. The dimensions of the coatee are: collar 7 cm high, chest 73 cm circumference, center back 85.5 long. The tail coat in this period (1851-1872) was a formal garment, at times padded over the chest, cut off in front at just below the waist, with long skirts in rear. Its standing collar was at least 2 inches high. The tailcoat was available in single and double breasted styles. The single breasted tailcoats had one to three rows of buttons." Todd, Frederick P. American Military Equipage: 1851-1872. (Providence, R. I.: The Company of Military Historians, 1974), p. 50-51. Antebellum Society and the Civil War. 16 History. less
  • Format
  • Tailcoat