Original Indian Wars Spanish-American War Model 1885 Enlisted Infantry Greatcoat

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Model 1885 Enlisted Greatcoat for an enlisted Infantryman. Very good original condition item, which shows signs of honest use and wear. All buttons are present, as well as the original hook and eye fasteners. Some moth holes here and there, as expected with a garment of this age, as well as an approximately 1” diameter burn hole to the front left skirt of the coat (which to us appears to be contemporary to wear of the coat… possibly from a campfire?). Buttons are all marked Horstmann, a large firm for military buttons, insignia, and equipage during the 19th Century.
Across front Chest: 20.5”
Collar Seam to Shoulder Seam: 6”
Shoulder Seam to Cuff: 24.5”
Shoulder to Shoulder: 22”
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.
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