Here is a couple of interesting Pre-ww1 Uniforms I have picked up in the last couple months. First is very nice A Co 26th U.S. Infantry M-1902 NCO's set, First sargeant with long service stripes. The lower stripe (yellow, orange, white) has me stumped. Its not signal corp and the seller thought is was for Marine Corp Service. Have not come across a thing on it. Service stripes are sewn in seam and are tight as well as the machine stitched first sargeants stripes. Collar devices look like they have been on there since it was issued. Sadly, as typical with Army enlistedman's uniforms no ID. One of my favorite M1902 groups. They make stunning displays. The 26th U.S. Infantry Regiment was formed in 1901 and saw significant service in the Philippines.
Next is a 1912-1920 Coastal Artillery Corp Enlistedman's Coat and M1912 Campaign Hat (Has the red cord however it is hidden). Custom made, not issued, cotton uniform. U.S. and Artillery Collar disks which did occur with Coastal Artillery men; not all have the shell in the middle. What's interesting is the machine sewn, Gunner First Class Corporal rank patches. Though I have seen several of just the 1st Class Gunner patches I have not seen a corporal example. I have collected Coastal Artillery for a long time among everything else ever since I was a young kid playing around the old ruined Coastal Artillery Batteries around the Columbia River mouth on the Washington and Oregon Coast. Since then I have visited several on both coasts of the U.S..
With increasing interest in early U.S. Military Rank insignia I thought i would post these two new acquisitions.