Original U.S. Spanish American War 3rd Infantry Regiment New York Volunteers Model 1885 Dress Coat
Original Item: Only One Available. The 3rd Infantry Regiment was one of twelve New York State National Guard units federalized for service in the Spanish-American War. The 3rd Regiment was created from a mixture of twelve separate companies drawn from the ranks of 4th Brigade of the New York National Guard. The twelve companies were brought together on May 2nd, 1898 at Camp Black. Upon their arrival at the camp they were grouped into three battalions. The First Battalion consisted of 30t, 43rd, 47th, and 48th Separate Companies, which were re-designated companies L, I, K, and D respectively. The Second Battalion contained the 2nd, 8th, 34th, and 41st Separate Companies, renamed companies M, A, B, and C. Finally the Third Battalion was composed of the 1st, 25th, 29th, and 42nd Separate Companies, which became companies H, G, F, and E. The regiment drew its membership from a number of upstate communities. Companies A and H came from Rochester and companies B, C, D, and E came from Geneva, Syracuse, Oswego, and Niagara Falls respectively. Companies F, G, I, K, L, and M were recruited from Medina, Tonawanda, Olean, Hornellsville, Elmira, and Auburn respectively. The regiment was officially mustered on May 17th, 1898 and designated the “3rd Regiment Infantry, New York State Vols.”
The Model 1885 Enlisted Infantry Full Dress Coat is made of dark blue wool, with nine buttons sewn in a single column. Two of the nine buttons on the front are original New York “Excelsior” buttons with the other 7 appearing to be from WWII era to complete the look. The shoulder straps, collar and tail flaps are made of white wool, with white piping along the front of the coat. The shoulder strap and tail flaps have smaller versions of the excelsior buttons on the front of the coat, three on the edges of each tail flap.
The jacket is in lovely condition with a great service worn look to it. There is no extensive damage present, but there is minor fraying on the bottom skirt and on the cuffs. The lining is stained but appears without great damage. The inside left pocket still displays a lovely depot stamping:
This is a great opportunity to add a lovely Model 1885 infantry dress coat to your collections. Comes more than ready for further research and display!
Collar to shoulder: 10”
Shoulder to sleeve: 25.5”
Shoulder to shoulder: 17”
Chest width: 16”
Waist width: 16”
Hip width: 21”
Front length: 34.5"
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