I picked up another one of these "mystery" khaki coats from the Spanish American War (SAW) or Philippine Insurrection (PI) time period last week that I thought I would show for comment. These cotton khaki coats have been discussed here before and the consensus opinion seems to be they were foreign/Pacific area made uniforms for US troops as a stop gap for supply shortages.
See this and similar threads: http://www.usmilitar...ouse-1899-1902/
My coat came from a military show along with a named mounted "US" canteen but I cannot be certain it is a true group as there are no markings or name inside the coat. At any rate, the coat is a five button unlined cotton coat and the vendor said the removable brass US eagle buttons had been replaced. Perhaps he only thought they had been replaced or perhaps it originally had the cloth covered buttons but who knows? The coat has a small single hook and eye brass fastener at the lower part of the standing collar to hold the collar closed. The sewn in shoulder straps are of the same khaki cotton twill material as the coat and have small brass US eagle buttons. The coat has two flapped breast pockets with brass buttons. There are no lower hip pockets and the pleated pockets have a distinctive pleat that continues down the front of the coat where a lower pocket would be placed. The coat also has an interior belt that fastens with a brass buckle and there is a single brass exterior belt hook on the left side of the coat.
An interesting SAW or PI uniform that seems to be from the early days of the conflict.
What do you think?