Hi, All! This has been something I've been wanting to post for ages now! Ten or twelve years ago, we went to our local, weekly auction house (which we went to most weeks), and the large consignment was from a living history museum. Don't know from when or where it was, but everything was marked with little printed cards that explained what it was and when it was from. they had everything from old wooden trunks and chests, to medicine bottles, to uniforms. It was the uniforms that struck me as cool. This was before I really got into militaria, but I was already super interested in the history, so it was like a hands-on living history museum! (This auction house is the open type of cement-block building, where it is often out buildings and attics emptied. No guards, you just get to handle everything, which is mostly just in lots in boxes or piled on tables.) We were there for ages!
Mom was excited to see the Civil War uniform pieces, as she had been researching her GGGGrandfather, who served in the OVI. They had WWI and WWII uniforms as well. However . . . the thing that we spent the most time with and still talk about was a uniform jacket that looked like Revolutionary War. We looked at it and held it, and Mom was inspecting the sewing on the inside and out, as it was so cheaply made! The seams weren't all hemmed. Mom was positive it was a costume, but the wool fabric was nothing you could buy in our lifetime and probably in our Gramma's lifetime! I remember it was in an old wooden box/trunk with something else that we figured was with it, however, it was the jacket we really paid attention to.
There were so many dealers from Columbus and Cleveland, we've rarely seen it that full! In the end, it got $770 for the jacket. It was the most amazing thing! No holes, no rips or stains. The most amazing top-quality fabric, even if the sewing was so . . . 2nd-gradish. Sarah and I were positive that it was real, as there were some real military dealers we knew by sight and they were all going for it. Obviously someone knew. It was one of those things that you never forget. So fun to be able to see it up close and actually hold it. Wish we'd taken a camera.
So . . . I was wondering if anyone has any Revolutionary War uniform pieces that they would post pictures of? I so enjoyed looking at the post about the sword and the chest. I love the Revolutionary War era, and don't often get to see the real things! So, would love it if anyone has any uniform pieces to post pics of!