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#1 Pointedcuffs

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 05:50 PM

Recently I was very fortunate to purchase six uniforms out of an old collection. They have index cards in the pockets stating they were bought in 1978 and 1983 as well as who they were bought from. There are 6 coats, 2 of them are N.Y. state and the others Federal, all Signal Corps. Unfortunately none of them are identified. They are dated 1891 through early 1900.

 

I wanted to keep this as one post so I chose the Span Am. section rather than the uniform section where it would get lost.



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Posted 18 November 2013 - 05:57 PM

I will start with the earliest. I am sorry if the color shows up red, trust me it is orange. The first coat is a New York enlisted coat in the 6 Sep. Co. It is Q.M. stamped and dated 1891. This example is like the 1885 pattern but has 2 rows of buttons.

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 05:58 PM

Q.M. Stamp for coat above.

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 06:02 PM

Next coat is another close one to the 1885 federal pattern with the exception of New York buttons, cuff buttons in the middle and not the edge and pierced number 3 on the collar. 3 Sep. Co. The coat is Q.M. stamped and dated 1896.

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 06:03 PM

More of the 3 Sep. Co.

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 06:18 PM

Next up is one of my favorites. 1899 or 1900 enlisted coat. It has the black with white edged shoulder epaulets. The First Class Privates insignia was common for the time where the stripes were simply removed from a sergeant's stripe. Q.M stamped.

 

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 06:19 PM

More pics of above coat.

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 06:25 PM

Next coat I am not sure of the pattern but it has 1902-1904 Corporal stripes, Bronze 1902 rimless buttons and pointed cuffs. No markings inside this coat.

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 06:31 PM

Next is a 1902 enlisted dress coat and pants for a Sergeant First Class of Signal Corps. 5 service stripes Infantry, Artillery and 3 Signal Corps.

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 06:32 PM

Last but not least an officer 1895 pattern coat with orange and white Signal Corps straps.

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 06:56 PM

Wow, what a phenomenal series of uniforms! My favorite era :)



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 12:57 PM

Nice uniforms. Always say I will pick one of these up someday. With regards to the two NY uniforms, none of the NY separate companies had signalmen; they were all infantry with a couple musicians and a medical guy or two. There was a Third Signal Corps (that's how they named them) active in Albany in 1896. They were shut down in 1902. Not sure when the NY units started using cut-out collar numbers, somebody who knows more about NY uniforms can verify that detail, but I have a vague feeling it was later rather than earlier.



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 04:08 PM

mars&thunder,

 

Interesting info regarding the NY units. So the above coat that is marked 6 SEP. CO. is not a Signal Corps uniform?

 

Mario



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 07:33 PM

Mario that is a collection and a half. Tough branch to find tropical uniforms from.

That long serving 1902 Signal Corp NCO's group is very nice.

Well done,

Terry



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Posted 20 November 2013 - 10:26 AM

It should be pointed out that Signal Corps wore black shoulder loops early on -- this is correct as shown.  Orange/white trim was adopted in the '03 regs.

 

Great group.

 

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 11:21 AM

I wish to extend my congratulations to you, Mario, for your outstanding acquisitions. 

 

Your khaki blouse with the branch colored epaulets is 1901 Spec. 551.

 

To my eye, your second khaki blouse without the branch colors appears to be a

USMC blouse. A Philippine/tropical blouse with two pockets may, or may not have

a single seam extending down from the collar on each side, as well as an internal

belt, and relief cuts in the rear 'dress'. 

 

A USMC enlisted man's blouse has the characteristic dual pleats/seams running

down from the collar to the top pockets, pleated upper pockets with pointed flaps,

and French cuffs.  With the exception of the patch and buttons that's a dead ringer.

 

 

By-Golly, I surly do love all those stamps!  Crisp and ledgeable.

All those colors appear vibrant and not a moth bite to be seen!

 

Outstanding!

 

Msn

 

Post Edit The forum's software changed my original post which read "moth n.i.p." 

(without the periods) to "moth Japanese"; therefore, I have edited it to read "bite".


Edited by US Victory Museum, 20 November 2013 - 11:39 AM.


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Posted 20 November 2013 - 11:27 AM

Absolutely beautiful condition for uniforms that old ! Thanks for showing them, doubly sweet for an Army Signaller to see ! Thanks,Jeff



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Posted 20 November 2013 - 04:54 PM

Awesome uniforms!




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