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The following are photo's of some recent purchases. Just got them in the mail today. First off is a Spanish American War / Philippine Insurection Cavalryman's Coat. Yellow wool backed with khaki twill and sewn into the seam shoulder straps. Farrier patches hand sewn to sleeves. Wear and fading to these patches match the rest of coat and I believe them to be contemporary to coat. Box pleat on back which is typical of these earlier Spanish American War tropical uniforms. The box pleat and shoulder straps are seen more with the Model 1898 Coat however in the Philippines especially with local made uniforms some aspects of that model of coat were retained. A couple moth nips to the yellow panels and some age spot dot the coat. Unfortunately a lot of the Model 1899 coats because of thier standard pattern have been made into Cavalry Coats with the addition of rank stripes and yellow hook on shoulder straps. This is an original Cavalryman's Coat.



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Next is a rarity. This is a 1930's U.S. Marine Summer Coat for Enlisted Ranks made in Shanghai China and retains its original tailors tag. Marine Garments from the China Marines that are incountry made are rare. It is stenciled in typical fashion to two marines that both check out in the muster roll serving with the 4th Marines in Shanghai China in the Mid 1930's . The EGA's found on it were modern and removed. Enjoy.




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Fantastic post, I love Span/Am and Phillipine gear, I have a little of it myself. The farriers jacket is a true thing of beauty, thanks for showing it.

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Next is a rarity. This is a 1930's U.S. Marine Summer Coat for Enlisted Ranks made in Shanghai China and retains its original tailors tag. Marine Garments from the China Marines that are incountry made are rare. It is stenciled in typical fashion to two marines that both check out in the muster roll serving with the 4th Marines in Shanghai China in the Mid 1930's . The EGA's found on it were modern and removed. Enjoy.

Fantastic find! Are the buttons back-marked?

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Fantastic find! Are the buttons back-marked?

Teufelhunde, the large buttons are a mix of WW1 era Marine EM buttons, mostly Scovill and one D. Evan, held in with split pins. The pocket buttons and shoulder strap buttons are rather odd, being actually hat/cap/cover chin strap buttons (again Marine EM) with threaded posts and disks. Not sure how contempory they are to the coats period of use, just how it came from the auction. Probably stay that way for awhile as I run across period split rings very rarely and I have pile of tropical uniforms that need them first. Only coat with the label I have seen however I am sure more are out there.

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Hello, please note on William Vaulx Carter's Cavalry Coat (1902 Cavalry Coat with cape, hat and belt) a few posts back, there is actually a Marine Philippine Service Medal pinned to it (a restrike). Since the medal ribbons are the same on the Army one I used it for photographing as I did not think the detail would show up. My original Army Philippine Medals are a bit fragile and I didn't want to put to much strain them for a photograph. No one mentioned this issue, however I wanted to address it to prevent confusion for the future. I will note any reproduction uniform items (These are very rare in my collection, particularly M1881 dress helmet cords). I am sure that some of the pieces seem to be in too good of condition however I have tried to seek the best condition when available and it is surprising how much is available if you are patient. Also I have noticed in the last two years there has been several old estate/ collections that have come to the market for liquidation that have brought scores of items to the market that have not been seen in years. I have seen more Spanish American War uniforms hitting the market in the last year than I have seen in 20 years, some strait from the families of the vet. Guessing it must be the economy or changing values of successive generations?

Thanks everyone for your comments.



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Thanks again Kurt. I have been neglecting this post for a awhile. Here is one of my recent aquistions from the latest AGM catalog. This one is an atypical Model 1899 Coat for warm weather and tropical climates. Cut is basically textbook but the cloth is sort of odd. Made of a ribbed cotton instead of the more common duck cloth found in other coats. Weave looks like the same used in wool sack coats of the period. This one is nicely named inside to a R. M. Price. A collectors note inside the pocket indicated that the owner was a Reuben Price of Hudson, Illinois. A search of U.S. Army Register of Enlistments on Ancestry yielded a Pvt. Reuben R. Price of Hudson Illinois who served 1899 ro 1901. According to his pension card he served in the 5th U.S Artillery and the 7th U.S. Cavalry. The 5th Art Served in the Philippines and the 7th Cav Served in Cuba after the Spanish American War. More work needs to be done on his record.

Back to the coar. The coat is of further note in regards to its markings. Has the typical N.Y.Q.M.D. stamp in the inside as shown however faint. Of even more interest is the stamp found in the lower right pocket. Clearly stamped is: Naumburg Kraus & Co New York June 19, 1899. Pins it down as to date and maker. I can't remember finding a Model 1899 Coat with a legable date stamp before. Since Pvt. Price served in both the artillery and cavalry, yellow or red shoulder straps would be appropriate.




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What a fantastic collection.....and a real treat to see all these gems pictured here for us! Can't say as I have anything quite so nice in my own collection. That USMC tan China set is great, are you going to put correct EGA's on it?

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Brian D Thanks, for the kind words. As to the EGA's, still searching for a set that I am comfortable as to thier originality and matching. Would prefer a droop wing set. The search continues.....

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Is your collection on display? Where is it located? I am the commander of the 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment and we are the Seat of the Regiment and the official holder of the Regimental lineage, honors and colors. This is a distinguished piece of our history and with your permission I would like to download these photos and add them to our historical files. If you ever feel the overwhelming urge to part with this section of your amazing collection, the 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry would proudly display this in your name.


With honor and respect, we appreciate your stewardship of a portion of our history and lineage.




Robert D. Halvorson

Lieutenant Colonel, United States Cavalry

Commanding, 1-14 Cavalry

Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Washington, 98433

Next item up is the Model 1895 officers coat of Cavalryman General William Sherley Scott, then Major. Served on the Frontier, fought Indians, fought in the Spanish American War, served against hostiles during the Philippine Insurrection and served along the Mexican Border during the Mexican Revolution. Coat is named to him and carries the date of 1896 so it is an early example of the M1895. Shows excessive field wear and usage. Liner is very worn. Very possible he wore it in the Philippines as some of these wool garment were worn early on. He continued to maintain and use it up to he was a major. When found is was missing the collar insignia now restored. The 14th Cavalry devise is faux bullion and unfortunately I only was able to track down one. The cavalry major boards are original to the tunic. Also displayed is a 1902 Officers cap with bullion eagle. The following is from ancestry:

2852… (Born Tex.)… WILLIAM SHERLEY SCOTT … (Ap'd Tex.)....26

(Bor n Jan. 12, 1856)

Military History.— Cadet at the Military Academy, June 14, 1876, to June 12, 1880, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

(Second Lieut., 1st Cavalry, June 12, 1880.)

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Walla Walla, Wash., Sep. 25, 1880 (on astronomical duty in the field with the Chief of Engineer Officer of the Department of the Columbia, May 25 to Aug. 3, 1881, and on leave of absence, Nov. 13, 1882, to May 20, 1883), to Sep. 19, 1883,--Ft. Bidwell, Cal., to June 9, 1884,--and Ft. Maginnis and Rocky point, Mon., to Aug. 14, 1885; at the Infantry and Cavalry School of Application, Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., Sep. 1, 1885, to June, 1886; and in garrison at that post (leave of absence, Nov. 30, 1887, to Feb. 22, 1888), to Sep. 1, 1889; and as Commandant of Cadets, College Station, Tex., Sept. 7, 1889 to Sept. 9, 1890.--At Fort Leavenworth, Kan., to Sept., 1894 (Secretary, Infantry and Cavalry School, Sept. 15, 1890 to Sept., 1894).--In the field in campaign against Sioux Indians, Dec. 2 to Jan. 26, 1891.

(First Lieut. of Cavalry, 7th Cavalry, Jan. 15, 1891)

(Transferred to 1st Cavalry, Feb. 27, 1891)

--Commanding troop, Jan., 1891 to April, 1892.--(Regimental Adjutant at Fort Grant, Ariz., Oct., 1894 to May, 1895; and at Fort Riley, Kan., May, 1895 to April, 1898.)--(Secretary, Cavalry and Light Artillery School, May, 1895 to April, 1898.)--Chickamauga Park, April 21 to May 23.--Aide-de-camp to General A. K. Arnold, Jacksonville, Fla., to June 5, 1898.

(Captain and Asst. Adjutant-General, U. S. Volunteers, May 28, 1898)

--Tampa, Fla., and with headquarters of army in field, in June 5 to July 10, 1898.--Puerto Rico, with headquarters of army, to Aug. 20, 1898.

(Major and Asst. Adjutant-General, U. S. Volunteers, Sept. 17, 1898)

--With 7th Corps, Acting Judge Advocate, to Oct. 31, 1898, at Jacksonville, Fla., and Quemados, Cuba (Adjutant-General, 1st Division, 7th Corps), to March 31, 1899.--Joined troop, April, 1899.

(Captain of Cavalry, 1st Cavalry, March 2, 1899)

(Honorably discharged from Volunteer Service, May 12, 1899)

(Lieut.-Colonel, 44th U. S. Volunteer Infantry, Aug. 17, 1899)

--On duty in Adjutant-General's Office, Washington, May 1 to Aug. 28, 1899.-- At Fort Leavenworth, Kas., with 44th Volunteer Infantry, Aug. 28, 1899 to Oct. 23, 1899; at San Francisco and en route to Philippine Islands with Volunteer Regiment, to Dec. 26, 1899; on Island of Panay, in field with regiment, commanding in Antique Province, to May 28, 1901; commanded in following engagements: Madelog, Jan. 30, 1900; Patnangan, April 28, 1900; Cassia, May 12, 1900; near Barbaza, May 25, 1900; near Tagas, Sept. 17, 1900; Tibioa, Nov. 22 and 27, 1900; Delamos River, Dec. 29, 1900; Tengalan, Jan. 20, 1901; Mt. Agotay, Jan. 24, 1901; expedition against enemy at Mt. Bugton Baton, Jan. 15, to 19, 1901; received surrender of General Fullon, 34 officers, 216 enlisted men of Insurgent Army, and 206 serviceable arms, March 21, 1901; In command of troops in various expeditions in Province of Antique, Panay Island, April 25, 1900 to March 21, 1901; recommended for Brevet of Brigadier-General of Volunteers, by commanding General, Department of Viscayas for suppressing insurrection and securing surrender of entire Insurgent force in Antique Province, Panay Island, March 21, 1901. Civil Governor, Antique Province, Panay, April 15, 1901 to May 23, 1901; en route to and at San Francisco, to June 30.

(Honorably discharged from Volunteer Service, June 30, 1901)

--On leave two months; on recruiting duty in Iowa, Sept. 1, 1901 to Feb., 1902; on duty at Discharge Camp, Angel Island, Cal., to June 1; arrived Manila, July 4, 1902; on duty as Assistant Adjutant-General, Department of Luzon and Division of Philippines until Feb. 10, 1903, when detailed with Civil Government in Philippine Islands.

(1st Assistant Chief, Philippine Constabulary)

--Assimilated rank of Colonel, U. S. Army, Act of Congress, Jan. 30, 1903; on this duty serving in all parts of Islands, to Nov. 8, 1906, (two months and 19 days leave); returned to U. S. and with regiment at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, to Oct. 18, 1907; investigating conditions on Mexican border, (instructions Secretary of War), during Aug., 1907; at War College, Washington, D. C., Oct. 24, 1907 to Nov. 1, 1908; D. S. in Panama (instruction Secretary of War), June 17 to July 28, 1908; on duty, National Rifle competition, Camp Perry, Ohio, Aug. 1908; D. S. at War College, Washington, D. C., to March 29, 1909.

(Transferred to 10th Cavalry, Jan. 23, 1909)

(Major, 14th Cavalry, Feb. 26, 1909)

At Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., commanding 2nd Squadron, May 27 to Nov. 5, 1909; en route to Philippines in command of 14th Cavalry, Nov. 5 to Dec. 2, 1909; at Camp Stotsenburg, P. I., Dec. 3, 1909, to Nov. 12. 1910 (commanded regiment and post to July 3, 1910; participated in Division Maneuvers, Feb. 16-26, 1910; member of a Board of Officers at Manila, July 4 to Aug. 3 and Sept. 5 to Oct. 3, 1910) ; en route to U. S., Nov. 12 to Dec. 8, 1910; detailed for duty in Adjutant-General's Department; at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Adjutant-General, Department of Texas, to Feb. 15, 1913, and acting Adjutant-General, Southern Department, Feb. 15 to

( Lieut.-colonel Of Cavalry, March 4, 1913)

May 14, 1913; in charge of Militia Affairs, Southern Department, Feb. 15, 1913, to

(assigned To 1st Cavalry, Sept. 19, 1914)

July 1. 1916; (Adjutant. 1st Cavalry Brigade, Feb. 15. 1913, to March 28, 1916; at Camp Perry, Ohio, Assistant Executive Officer, National and International Rifle Competition, Sept. 1 to 9, 1913; Chief of Staff, 15th Militia Division, 1915; at Douglas, Arizona, in temporary command of 1st Cavalry, scouting on Mexican border, March 28 to June 9, 1916);

(Colonel, 16th Cavalry, July 1, 1916)

at Fort Sam Houston, organized and commanded 16th Cavalry, July 1, 1916, to Feb. 3, 1917; (commanded regiment acting as Divisional Cavalry with Provisional Division on practice march from Fort Sam Houston to Austin, Texas, and return, September-October, 1916); marched regiment from Fort Sam Houston to Mexican border, Feb. 3 to 27, 1917; at Llano Grande, Texas, commanding regiment, to May 1, 1917; at Leon Springs, Texas, commanding 1st Officers' Training Camp, May 8 to

(Brigadier-General, National Army, Aug. 5, 1917)

Aug. 21, 1917; at Camp Sevier, S. C, commanding 59th Infantry Brigade, 30th Division, Aug. 21 to Nov. 8, 1917; (commanded 30th Division. October, 1917); en route New York to France, via Liverpool, England Nov. 19 to Dec. 1, 1917; at Bordeaux, France, commanding Base Section, No. 2, Dec. 1, 1917, to

(Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Oct. 1, 1918)

Aug. 10, 1918; (commanded ports of La Police, Rochefort, Bordeaux and Bayonne; in charge of construction of American docks and warehouses at Bordeaux, construction and command of rest camp, training camps, lumber mills, remount stations, etc., and general development of utilities in that section); assigned to command of 41st Replacement Division, with Hdqrs. at St. Aignon-sur-Cher, and commanded Division to Oct. 28, 1918; en route to U. S., sailing from Brest, Nov. 4. 1918; at Camp Dix, N. J., commanding 153rd Brigade, to Dec. 16, 1918; at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., commanding post, adjacent camps and Demobilization Center, Dec. 18, 1918, to Oct. 26, 1919; at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, commanding Post, to Jan. 12, 1920.

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Retired, Jan. 12, 1920,

By Operation Of Law.



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[...] This one is an atypical Model 1899 Coat for warm weather and tropical climates.


Stamped AND named! Ya' can't beat it with a stick! Only a couple of mine are stamped, but this isn't

one of them; however, it is a 1899 falling collar blouse. I'm not sure when the infantry switched from blue

epaulates (We know blue facings were used in 1898) to white, like Philippine War era specimins.


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Mike, great kit picture showing the typical gear of the period. I have not yet come across the blue shoulder straps and thanks for showing. They actually look a bit less conspicuous than the bright white. Your picture reminds me that I need more campaign hats of the period. Pricey!


Next uniform is the scarce 1st Pattern Model 1898 Tropical Coat with branch specific color facings, this one being Infantry. One of the few variations of this model of coat with color on upper pocket flaps, Collar, shouder straps and cuffs. Slanted chest pockets and box pleat further indicate this as being an early one. This one was issued to a soldier from Pennsylvania and I don't believe ever made it out of the States. Condition is of course much better than average as these tended to fade heavily. The cloth belt though of correct age and type is of a defferent shade and I believe has been added or replaced. These cloth belts were issued with the first pattern M-1898 coats.


Survival of the the M1898 Coats was limited. Coats actually worn to Cuba of Porto Rico saw hard usage from combat and tropical environments. Those that made it back to the states often fell victim to quaranteen proceedures that returning soldiers had to endure before returning to the general population. It is thought that a great many of their uniforms were burned to prevent the spread of desease.



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