Original U.S. Civil War Federal Artillery Enlisted Shell Jacket
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a wonderful Union Artillery uniform jacket, also referred to as a shell jacket, in excellent condition. This type of jacket was worn by countless Federal artillery soldiers during the Civil War.
Garment is constructed of fine wool material dyed a deep indigo blue with the blue color still strong. Cloth body exhibits virtually no visible moth nips or holes so common in these wool garments. Jacket features a standup collar. Approximately 2.50” tall with 3/8” wide, artillery-red piping or lacing decorating the edges, collar is adorned with two, cuff size, eagle ‘shield’ brass buttons set back on each side. Both buttons are offset by additional short strips of red braid. Collar braid is bright, tight, and free of any seam separations at the center outside or inside seam as normally seen. Each shoulder has a Model 1851 enlisted brass shoulder scale.
Jacket front reflects 12-button closure with twelve, original brass eagle ‘shield’ buttons securely sewn to the flap edge. Some buttons have marker marks. Buttonholes show light wear. Both sleeve cuffs are functional and complete with two buttons each. Cuffs also exhibit the chevron-style, red braid. Artillery braiding also runs down the opposite (button hole) flap, circles around the entire bottom edge of the jacket and rises to each shoulder from the two belt-rest pads sewn on the jacket backside.
Interior grey wool body of this uniform jacket is in excellent condition. The inner sleeve lining is white cotton and the right interior shoulder is size stamped 2 and also an inspection ink stamp which is hard to read but has a clear INSP in the center.
Collar to shoulder: 10"
Shoulder to sleeve: 25"
Shoulder to shoulder: 16.5"
Chest width: 17"
Waist width: 17"
Hip width: 17"
Front length: 25.5"
The shell jacket proved to be a tough, light and very serviceable garment worn by Union cavalry troopers and mounted artillerymen during the war. Less expensive than the frock coats, these jackets were prescribed for issue to all Artillery men in the Federal Army.
Artillery jackets are becoming difficult to find. It would make a wonderful addition to any Civil War display.
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