Original U.S. Spanish American War Era New York State Artillery Musicians Uniform Jacket - Named

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. During the American Revolutionary War, the New York Provincial Company of Artillery was created by the New York Provincial Congress in 1776 to defend New York City from British attack.

In 1907 the company was re-designated as Battery D of the 5th Field Artillery Regiment.

Following the entry of the United States into the First World War, in 1917 the 5th Field Artillery was assigned to the 1st Division (later re-designated as the 1st Infantry Division). The 5th Field Artillery has been a subordinate unit of the 1st Infantry Division for most of its history from 1917 to the present.

The company deployed with the division to France in 1917 and served in France for the remainder of the war. It participated in the Lorraine, St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne offensives in 1918.

In World War II the 5th Field Artillery Regiment was reorganized as the 5th Field Artillery Battalion and assigned to the 1st Infantry Division in 1940. The company has been a subordinate unit of the 1st Infantry Division ever since.

During the war, the company, along with the division, participated in the invasion of North Africa in 1942, the invasion of Sicily in 1943, the invasion of Normandy in 1944 and was in Germany with than country surrendered on 8 May 1945. The company participated in a total of 8 campaigns during the war.

The company later served in Korea, Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom as an element of the 1st Infantry Division.

1st Battalion, 5th Artillery was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Charles Calvin Rogers when he earned the Medal of Honor in 1968. Rogers retired from the Army in 1984 as a major general. He is the highest ranking African-American to receive the Medal of Honor.

The jacket appears to be a Musicians Uniform top due to the designs featured. The inside label appears to have a date of what looks like 1891, but it is faded and difficult to read. There is also a name present on the tag which reads as J. M. McKeever. The jacket was manufactured by Brooks Brothers, Broadway, New York. There are some other names written in as well, so this most likely saw service over a long period of time with the band.

The condition is excellent given the age. All buttons are present on the front and properly marked with EXCELSIOR / N.Y.S.A. / NATIONAL GUARD. One of the top shoulder strap buttons is missing. There is very minimal mothing present with minimal tearing on the inside lining.

This is definitely an interesting uniform, one we have not encountered before. Comes ready for research and display.

Approx. Measurements:
Collar to shoulder: 8.5”
Shoulder to sleeve: 25”
Shoulder to shoulder: 13”
Chest width: 16”
Waist width: 16.5”
Hip width: 20.5”
Front length: 31.5"

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