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#1 36thIDAlex

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Posted 29 September 2019 - 01:13 PM

Hey all, I do not usually collect Civil War items, however, a listing popped up near me for a large old trunk with what seems to be two shell jackets, some pictures, a belt buckle (sitting on jacket in picture showing everything in trunk), and a news clipping from the war.

I have never dealt with original civil war uniforms in any way and was wondering if there was any way I could check to make sure these are authentic or in any way legit. It’s listed at $400 right now.

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Alex

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#2 36thIDAlex

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Posted 29 September 2019 - 01:18 PM

The seller is also dealing some fairly expensive parlor furniture, seems to come from the mid 1800s. Maybe an estate clearing.

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Posted 29 September 2019 - 02:32 PM

I’d want a good look at the lining as well as the rest of the jacket(s)...it all looks cool for sure....

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Posted 29 September 2019 - 02:35 PM

If these items are good, they won't last long.  If I were in your shoes, I'd take the gamble and pick them up while I could, unless you know the seller isn't showing them to other people.

 

Steve


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#5 VMI88

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Posted 30 September 2019 - 07:32 AM

It's hard to see any detail in those photos, but what I do see doesn't look promising.  They appear to be mediocre reproductions with machine-sewn seams and heavy modern cloth.  It's hard to believe someone would be dumb enough to sell what they believed to be real Civil War uniforms for $400 (though I'm sure it's happened).



#6 sundance

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Posted 03 October 2019 - 06:49 PM

I'd love any piece of Civil War clothing. Enough so that I might just err on the side of foolishness and go for it - assuming there wasn't any glaring red flags ( like a repro-r-us label).



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Posted 03 October 2019 - 07:00 PM

Those jackets don't look right....both the material and construction look suspect to me. Better pictures would help.

#8 Steve Rogers

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Posted 07 October 2019 - 03:06 PM

Steer clear.



#9 Marktk36thIL

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Posted 30 October 2019 - 06:08 PM

The buttons are post-War for sure, circa 1870s I believe. The raised shields on Eagle were not 1861-1865 used.


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