First: A disclaimer is required. This blouse was purchased from
Robb Kay without any identifying characteristics, or known history.
I have placed upon it, for display purposes, officer's insignia
from the US 20th Infantry, a unit associated with the Philippine-
American War (1899-1902). Dispite 1902 being listed as the end date,
combat operations continued for over a decade afterwards.
Although photographs show uniforms such as this one being worn
in the Philippines, I have no reason to believe that this specific article
of clothing was in that hemisphere during that time period.
This is an officer's warm climate cotton blouse that can be dated
c. 1907-1909. In 1907, low ranking officers uniforms first began
to use brownish mohair sleeve braid as an identifying characteristic;
moreover, officers' uniforms were without the French cuffs. In 1909,
khaki colored cloth was eliminated in favour of olive drab.
These two characteristics narrowly box the date of this blouse within
the two year period 1907-1909.
Other features common to uniforms from this time period are the
gusseted pockets, and the stand/fall collar. The eapulets on this
particular blouse do not have the box stitch re-enforcement.