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#1 evets

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Posted 23 December 2014 - 12:37 PM

I picked this matched cotton khaki field summer service uniform set up about 25 years ago, at the time buying it as a Spanish American War uniform. Well, of course it isn't but I didn't know it at the time!
Anyway, what do y'all think it could be? M-1902? M-1904? M-1906? It has traits of all the above, plus the trousers are more trouser-like (1890s style)  and are not breeches and don't have any lacing. No insignia was on it when I obtained it.
A few notes on the set: It came originally with the M-1885 buttons, which are marked to the same manufacturer/supplier as the tag in the jacket itself (Wm. H. Horstmann and Company, of Philadelphia). It doesn't seem to have been modified in any way (i.e. like new epaulets). It has the pointy cuff embellishment, "zinc" US Army trouser buttons (fly and suspender), what I'm assuming is a stand-fall collar, bellowed jacket pockets, and an adjustment tab on the rear of the trousers.
Perhaps it was a private purchase item for an officer? I can post additional photos if need be.


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Posted 23 December 2014 - 01:37 PM

1906 Spec No. 850


Since the collar is lined, it's spec 850.  The buttons should be darkened brass and rimless.


This pattern is the last of the khaki.  The 1909 & 1910 patterns were OD.


So it would be made anytime between mid 1906 to early 1909.



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Posted 23 December 2014 - 02:01 PM

Cool! Thanks!


I guess what threw me off was the straight cut of the trousers and the earlier style non-subdued buttons (I guess he could have been in a state unit and hadn't gotten the button memo yet). There's a space for  "date" on the tag but unfortunately the maker didn't take the time to fill it in. I'm trying to discern the owner's name so I can look him up.


This era is my collecting focus (1900 to 1910 is, that is), so I'm definitely happy with the date of 1906 to 1909.


Thanks again.

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