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#1 Alex Boban

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Posted 31 October 2016 - 06:17 PM

Hello,

 

I recently picked up this pre-WWI US Navy dress blue uniform. The flat hat has a "USS Nevada" tally, and the jumper has an interesting armband with the same tally.

 

​The bottom edge of the jumper is pinked, which I believe dates it from pre-1913. The tally hat and trousers lining style is also coherent with US Navy uniforms from the Span-Am / early 1900s.

 It would indicate that this uniform was most probably worn by a 3rd class P.O. Coxswain who served on USS Nevada BM-8 between 1901 and 1909. USS Nevada BM-8 was renamed USS Tonopah in March 1909 to allow the famous USS Nevada BB-36 to be named as such. 

 

The jumper is identified to P. or F? McGrath. Would someone be able to help provide more details about this service man? Maybe through USS Nevada muster rolls if available?

 

Has anyone ever seen a similar armband? It looks tailor-made. It has one small pocket with round flap and button hole on each side. Nice decorative cross stitch running along the upper edge and pocket flap edges. The USS Nevada band is also sewn on it with a nice stitching pattern.

 

Thanks for your help.

 

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#2 Alex Boban

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Posted 31 October 2016 - 06:19 PM

Additional pictures:

 

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#3 Brian Keith

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Posted 02 November 2016 - 06:30 PM

Nice looking uniform set. I wonder if his "armband" is a hid-a-way money belt made for his arm?

Just a thought. Thanks for posting it.

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#4 Alex Boban

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Posted 04 November 2016 - 05:04 PM

It may very well be a money "armband". Thank you for sharing this idea.



#5 67Rally

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Posted 05 November 2016 - 12:01 AM

Interesting to see the shield-cut rating badge on a pre-wwi jumper.

Beautiful uniform.

#6 Alex Boban

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Posted 05 November 2016 - 02:06 PM

Here is a close up of the sleeve rate.

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