I believe this to be a blouse made locally in the far East c. 1899 during the Philippine-
American War 1899-1902, although fighting continued through the first decade of the
A fascinating history with photographic documentation may be found at
Many of the photos at the above site show troops at ports of embarcation wearing wool
uniforms and twill shirts. This heavy clothing would prove highly unsuitable for both the
local climate and conditions; therefore, those who could afford to purchase their own
clothing did so as soon as possible.
Many uniforms of similar pattern are composed with cloth covered buttons; recently one
such blouse recently sold on Baystate Militaria's site, unfortunately I failed to capture
the photo before it was deleted upon its being sold.
I have observed a few similar uniforms sell on Ebay that were attributed to the Philippines,
or were owned by soldiers who served there. Unfortunately, by the time I started to put
forth effort to document this style of uniform, many of photos I had seen before had
disappeared from the I-net.
Typically these uniforms have in common: only two pockets, standing collars, integral
epaulets, and an internal belt.