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1910 Woolen Field Blouse (unknown pattern)

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I only recently got around to taking a few photographs of this

early woolen uniform. This uniform is a bit of an odd-ball in

it conforms to the specification 1125 adopted in 1911 with one

exception, the cuffs are French-Cuffs (i.e. Pointed Cuffs) whereas

that specification calls for the typical cuff seen on the WWI era

uniforms. The previous pattern 1910 Spec No. 1059 uniforms had

the standing/falling collars, gusseted/choke bellows pockets,

dual grommets on the collar for the newly adopted disks, and

pointed cuffs. With the exception of the cuffs, this looks like

the typical WWI era woolen uniform. By-the-way, I closely

examined the collar and pockets to see whether this is an early

pattern blouse that had been tailor modified to conform to the

newer adopted standard. It hasn't. The blouse was assembled

and subsequently vat dyed in the manufacturing process.


Before posting this, I communicated with Collector Guru Gil Sanow

to seek his expertise. He, Fankie (New Romantic), and I each

have a similar uniform in our collections. This begged the

question whether this was an intermediate pattern change to a

specification with which nobody is familiar, or whether a surplus

of sleeves existed at the time of transition and were used until

the supply was exhausted. Gil suspects that there was an

intermediate pattern before the button change, as all the uniforms

observed have the rimless type, and not the rimmed type adopted

with the 1911 pattern uniforms.


My blouse has a maker's tag sewn into the polished cotton (Rayon)

lining that reads:


Morris Busch




The over stamp has been wash faded into history.



The numbers represent November 12th 1910. By this late date

in 1910, uniform design experimentation would already have been

taking place since 1911 is when the newer pattern was adopted.


Does anyone have a similar uniform with a spec label intact?

There seem to be too many of these blouses floating about for

it to be a one-off odd-ball by a particular maker.


The below USMF historic link includes two photographs of both

Mr. Sanow's and Mr. Gollub's nearly identical uniform blouses.




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A while back, USMF member Scott Kraska had a similarly marked

cartridge belt posted for sale on his site; however, while I was

deciding whether to buy his, or delay and get something else on

Ebay, which I lost, someone else pulled the trigger first and

snatched it out from under me.


Fast forward a few months and another belt appeared on Ebay, which

I subsequently bid upon, and won. The stamp is diamond shaped

with the letters "N" & "Y" on differing sides of an anchor. This is

the mark of the New York Naval Militia, an organization that still

exists today. The belt is a second pattern 1903, usually referred to

as the 1903/07 by collectors; the buttons are rimless Eagle Snaps

and the color is the Pre-WWI Olive Drab that was used 1907-1914.

The suspenders are the Mills No. 202 Navy and Marine Corps model;

collectors colloquially call them the pattern 1910 USMC suspenders,

as most period photographs show Marines wearing them during the

Vera Cruz expedition, as well as the Caribbean and Banana Campaigns.


Because the New York Naval Militia still exists today, attempts to

glean information using google returns current information, and not

that from the turn of the century. Unlike the state guard, which was

re-organized into the National Guard in 1903, the Naval Militia

exists independent from the National Guard.


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Hi Mike, nice blouse! It's interesting that you note how it appears the pockets on your blouse were never modified but were sewn on that way. The blouse I used to have clearly had been sewn flat. Also I see you collar has it's holes for the collar disks reinforced with thread. Mine just had holes punched in the collar for the disks. I'm trying to remember but I think my coat was also dated 1910.

Frankie G.


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