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Here is something I stumbled across that when I first saw it I thought it was a USMC "China Marine " Officers summer tunic but as is obvious there are many differences. After digging I realized it was a Philippine Insurrection issue tunic. Anyway I thought it was a cool find and thought I would share it here....

 

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I love it. I actually woodworked 2 sets of them recently that are fully identified. I plan on posting soon. Thanks for sharing. You don’t see many.

 

 

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Cool...

This one has a name written inside of it. I need to see if I can figure out what the name is and see if I can find any info on him ....

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I believe this may be a British coat...Boer War era? Let’s see the buttons...

In Memoriam

My Father, Henry W. Milton, USAAF, Burma, 1943-1945, Lost May 2, 2017
My Grandfather, Nathan Hale, US Navy, USS Rhode Island, 1915-1918, Lost 1968
My 3X Great Grandfather, Sgt. Frederick Hale, 55th New York,
wounded and captured at Malvern Hill, Virginia, July 1, 1862,

died as Prisoner of War, Richmond, July 24, 1862

 

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I believe this may be a British coat...Boer War era? Let’s see the buttons...

 

The buttons are cloth covered (as cab be seen in the pics I posted) There are several examples of this same exact type coat ID'ed to US Soldiers (even on this site) that served and fought in the Philippines . It my understanding they were contracted out and made by a company in Hong Kong by the U.S. quartermaster in the Philippines.

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The belt support shows for this time period, I believe it to be a Colonial jacket from a colonial power and having cloth covered buttons, I would say, it's German and issued for colonial wear in Africa......IMO. It's not to specifications for being a M-1902 cotton khaki coat for wear in hot tropical climates.

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The buttons are cloth covered (as cab be seen in the pics I posted) There are several examples of this same exact type coat ID'ed to US Soldiers (even on this site) that served and fought in the Philippines . It my understanding they were contracted out and made by a company in Hong Kong by the U.S. quartermaster in the Philippines.

 

Being made in Hong may explain the British appearance to this coat, no? It is certainly not made to US Spec's...?

There is a coat very similar in appearance on display in the Canadian War Museum dating back to the Boer War...

In Memoriam

My Father, Henry W. Milton, USAAF, Burma, 1943-1945, Lost May 2, 2017
My Grandfather, Nathan Hale, US Navy, USS Rhode Island, 1915-1918, Lost 1968
My 3X Great Grandfather, Sgt. Frederick Hale, 55th New York,
wounded and captured at Malvern Hill, Virginia, July 1, 1862,

died as Prisoner of War, Richmond, July 24, 1862

 

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Being made in Hong may explain the British appearance to this coat, no? It is certainly not made to US Spec's...?

There is a coat very similar in appearance on display in the Canadian War Museum dating back to the Boer War...

It didn't register the relationship of it coming from Hong Kong and Hong Kong being a british colony which makes it a far more correct description....IMO.

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Being made in Hong may explain the British appearance to this coat, no? It is certainly not made to US Spec's...?

There is a coat very similar in appearance on display in the Canadian War Museum dating back to the Boer War...

 

It is very similar to the British coats for sure. But it has some differences also. It also looks very similar to Marine officers cotton tunics worn in China that I have seen. When I first saw this tunic that is what I thought it was...

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Great Philippine Insurrection coat. Exact coats (including the cloth covered buttons) were worn by at least the 1st Colorado Volunteer Infantry in the Philippines in 1899. Photographic evidence supports this as well as I believe the Utah Light Artillery. Regular U.S. Infantry Regiments also wore the exact cut of garment in the Philippines including the 17th U.S. Infantry. An in depth analysis of these coats can be seen along with photographs of them being worn here: http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/186010-philippine-american-war-blouse-1899-1902/?hl=1899

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Seeking Model 1895 and 1902 Named Officer coats as well as Spanish American War Tropical Uniforms.
Also pre WW2 marine uniforms. Always pre-1945 Colorado National Guard Items wanted! Also seeking Rhodesian

Uniforms and Gear used by Americans in the Rhodesian Security Forces during the Bush War (Africa).

 

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These date before the 1902 uniforms were adopted. Remember the Philippine American War lasted from 1899 to 1902. Several state units participated and first arrived in wool uniforms (sack coat, fatigue shirt etc. ) Some did wind up with 1884 cotton duck coats as evidence by photographs taken in the Philippines. For what ever reason M-1899 khaki coats starting showing up later. There is quite a bit of information here on the forum on these coats. Some-where on here is a posting on the details and correspondence in the procurement of these type coats.

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Seeking Model 1895 and 1902 Named Officer coats as well as Spanish American War Tropical Uniforms.
Also pre WW2 marine uniforms. Always pre-1945 Colorado National Guard Items wanted! Also seeking Rhodesian

Uniforms and Gear used by Americans in the Rhodesian Security Forces during the Bush War (Africa).

 

Fortune cookie say: "An expert is someone that knows so much about so little."

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These date before the 1902 uniforms were adopted. Remember the Philippine American War lasted from 1899 to 1902. Several state units participated and first arrived in wool uniforms (sack coat, fatigue shirt etc. ) Some did wind up with 1884 cotton duck coats as evidence by photographs taken in the Philippines. For what ever reason M-1899 khaki coats starting showing up later. There is quite a bit of information here on the forum on these coats. Some-where on here is a posting on the details and correspondence in the procurement of these type coats.

Your verification is exact..............well done.

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They come up on ebay once in a great while, though often miss-identified. Watch the WW1 Uniform section as well as the Spanish American War section and the 1903-1913 section as well. What makes this era fun to collect is that if you can find a name, the army enlistment records as well as the U.S. Infantry regiment rosters are on Ancestry.com. If it was worn by a state volunteer it will be a bit more tricky.

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Seeking Model 1895 and 1902 Named Officer coats as well as Spanish American War Tropical Uniforms.
Also pre WW2 marine uniforms. Always pre-1945 Colorado National Guard Items wanted! Also seeking Rhodesian

Uniforms and Gear used by Americans in the Rhodesian Security Forces during the Bush War (Africa).

 

Fortune cookie say: "An expert is someone that knows so much about so little."

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