I recently came across a West Point greyish (?) uniform at the local base thrift shop. It has the West Point store tag in and some markings I cannot make out. The name was swiped with a permanent ink marker and I can't make out the name. Even my Short Wave violet light can't bring up the original name. I was about to put it on Ebay when I decided to hunt some more and found this forum.
The uniform isn't complete without the slacks. It has the white sleeve inserts and Gold cuff links, It has no chevrons and I am thinking this is a second year student's uniform. The insides have sweat staining and the entire uniform is wrinkled... I won't clean it. Since this style was used for so long, I have searched and search to narrow down the years... and the closest I can get is 1902-07. The thrift shop ladies said an old woman brought the uniform jacket in. It looks like it has been stored in a chest and have a faint cedar odor.
It appears exactly like this uniform at Heritage Auctions (ended in 2004)
I've posted the old auction photos but can't get all of the photo. The tag shown is similar to the one in the uniform coat I have.
I'm 100% disabled retired, I was a medic. My Dad served 28 years in the Navy. I have numerous items that I want to let go but don't know what prices to ask. I got cheated by a fellow that walked away with 2 field radios, mucho live ammo, a 50.cal belt and other stuff. I later found my full unopened Aces of Spaces missing after he left. Since I live next to an Army base, it's easy to find a lot of stuff people throw out and don't realize the value or history of what they are throwing away. I do metal detecting and collect coins and stamp. I like reading and studying history, especially military history and religious history. I have all kinds of Viet Nam era stuff, etc. but mostly fatigues and a compass that I cherish and a few confederate items. Let me know what you're looking for and I might be able to find it.
But for now, can anyone help me identify the West Point uniform jacket... any way to find out names of people in the early classes at West Point?.
Edited by newton706, 11 May 2008 - 08:45 PM.