Original Indian Wars Spanish-American War Marine Corps Model 1885 Enlisted USMC Greatcoat

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Rare United Stated Marine Corp Model 1885 Enlisted Greatcoat. Very good original condition item, which shows signs of very little use. All buttons are present and bear the USMC EGA (Eagle Globe Anchor) and are back marked Horstmann Bros. The original hook and eye fasteners are also present. Some minor moth nips here and there, as expected with a garment of this age. Horstmann was a large firm for military buttons, insignia, and equipage during the 19th Century.
In 1885 in an effort to get less color variation from dye lot to dye lot in the lighter blue wool used for trousers and greatcoats, the Army changed the “old standard” sky blue wool (still left over from the Civil War era) to a new darker shade- closer to a Royal Blue. This greatcoat is made from heavy weight Medium Blue wool, with a detachable cape and colored cape lining to denote branch of service (Red for Artillery, Yellow for Cavalry, Blue for Infantry, etc.). The coat has a dark blue wool body lining to the waist, cotton sleeve linings and two inside pockets. The “new style” 1883 “chicken head” buttons are used.
A very worthy specimen, ideal for the collector of 19th Century U.S. Militaria. As used during the Indian Wars, Spanish-American War, up through 1904 when these model coats were replaced.

Approximately Measurements:
Collar to Shoulder: 10”
Shoulder to Sleeve: 23.5”
Shoulder to Shoulder: 16”
Chest Width: 16.5”
Waist Width: 16”
Hip Width: 22”
Front Length: 45”
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