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Drab wool service coat (Spec 700) Sep. 26th,1904-Jun. 24th, 1907

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This is a US Army drab wool service coat. It conforms to spec. 700, issued
Sep. 26th 1904 and replaced by spec. 879 on Jun. 24th 1907.

It is the second pattern of the drab wool service coats. The first pattern
is readily identified by pleats on the upper pockets, which were omitted in
the issuance of this blouse. Like the coat it replaced, it too has the flat
collar characteristic. The next pattern coat, which would replace this, had
a standing/falling collar.

The changing appearances simplifies identification of these drab wool service
coats.

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In this photo, the observant collector will notice that the top button has been

replaced using a rimmed type, which wouldn't have been specified until

Nov. 1911. All other buttons are the darkened rimless type which are correct

for this article of clothing.

 

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1st pattern drab wool service coat
Spec. 609: Apr. 14th, 1903 - Sep. 26th, 1904

Readily identified by pleats on the upper pockets.

 

(Additional Photos courtesy WWI Nerd)

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2nd pattern drab wool service coat
Spec. 700: Sep. 26th, 1904 - Jun. 24th, 1907.

Readily identified by flat collar.

 

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3rd pattern drab wool service coat.
Spec. 879: Jun. 24th, 1907 - Nov. 03rd, 1909

Identified by a standing/falling collar.

 

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4th pattern drab wool service coat.
Spec. 1049: Nov. 03rd, 1909 - Aug. 15th, 1911

Readily identified by a standing/falling collar
with a pair of sewn grommets for double disks.

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When looking at old photographs, one should be aware that older service coats
remained in use long after being replaced with newer specifications.

Despite the fact that all four of these coats have double disks on their collars,
two can be identified as spec. 609 (pleated flat upper pockets), and the other
two as spec. 700 (flat collars, un-pleated bellows pockets). This photo demonstrates
that these were still being worn after 1909, and possibly much later.

 

 

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Welcome back! Great post! The pictures show great examples of the coat patterns.


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Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people - your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way.

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Hi Mike

 

As with your recent post on breeches I have to echo Mario's comments, great work!

 

 

Kurt.

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