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Early pre-WWI USN Dress white jumper/overshirt


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Hello,

 

Looking for your thoughts on this jumper/overshirt. I see WWI era uniforms constantly, I even see pre-WWI and Span-Am period blue uniforms from time to time. What I never see is early white uniforms, so when this came up I took a chance on it.

 

It has the appearance of a regulation working white overshirt that has been modified to a dress uniform. It may have been made this way from scratch as you can see in some areas where the blue material was sewn into the unifrom as the white parts were being assembled (note collar area and pocket interior).

 

It is constructed completely differently than the WWI dress white I have pictured beside it. Different still from undress white uniforms (which are also fairly common), the arms are cut completely square and the material is dramatically lighter weight. I'm not sure if the buttons are before the regulation anchor buttons or civilian buttons conscripted for the conversion.

 

Anyway, let me know what you think!

 

1897 drawings for reference.

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-Todd

Currently looking for WWI items, specifically photos of the 116th infantry regiment, and any material related to the USS Olympia.

Always on the lookout for any rations, miscellaneous personal items, pack filler, care package stuffers, knit Red Cross material, and oddball equipment to supplement the Doughboy display.
Have some extras? I help friends fill out their living history kit, and could always use more loaner gear!

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More.

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-Todd

Currently looking for WWI items, specifically photos of the 116th infantry regiment, and any material related to the USS Olympia.

Always on the lookout for any rations, miscellaneous personal items, pack filler, care package stuffers, knit Red Cross material, and oddball equipment to supplement the Doughboy display.
Have some extras? I help friends fill out their living history kit, and could always use more loaner gear!

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Cuffs. Button holes are obviously hand stitched.

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-Todd

Currently looking for WWI items, specifically photos of the 116th infantry regiment, and any material related to the USS Olympia.

Always on the lookout for any rations, miscellaneous personal items, pack filler, care package stuffers, knit Red Cross material, and oddball equipment to supplement the Doughboy display.
Have some extras? I help friends fill out their living history kit, and could always use more loaner gear!

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Note odd way the collar is attached. The 2nd image is inside-out showing blue material sewn into the uniform at the shoulder/neck area.

 

The shot of the two rolled up gives some perspective on how much thinner this is than the usual Dress White jumper. Despite being about the same size, it is considerable smaller when rolled properly.

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-Todd

Currently looking for WWI items, specifically photos of the 116th infantry regiment, and any material related to the USS Olympia.

Always on the lookout for any rations, miscellaneous personal items, pack filler, care package stuffers, knit Red Cross material, and oddball equipment to supplement the Doughboy display.
Have some extras? I help friends fill out their living history kit, and could always use more loaner gear!

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