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Beast I echo, a fantastic article and thanks for sharing. From what I gather, I think my coat more closely matches the 1900 pattern. It still has some variance, including the pocket flap size and shape most notably as well as the high collar (mine is measuring in at about 2 1/4 inches tall). In general, most of the description of the 1900 coat closely matches, and I am leaning toward this one being made maybe in theater.

I am eagerly collecting Pre-WWII USMC material. Any Marine Corps Span Am era, WWI, Banana Wars, or China Marine related material is especially sought after.

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Thought I would post some close ups of the previously posted photo in my collection to just enlarge a couple of figures. Love the screen vent campaign hat on the lap of the seated officer. I think this was a pattern 1902 if I recall correctly and mainly worn by the Army, but you do see some Marines using them.

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I am eagerly collecting Pre-WWII USMC material. Any Marine Corps Span Am era, WWI, Banana Wars, or China Marine related material is especially sought after.

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It seems to me the standing Marine far right second photo above has pocket flaps similar in design to my tunic. Seems like a higher collar as well but tough to tell. I thought there was a lower pocket peaking through but once blown up I am not so sure.

I am eagerly collecting Pre-WWII USMC material. Any Marine Corps Span Am era, WWI, Banana Wars, or China Marine related material is especially sought after.

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Thought I would post some close ups of the previously posted photo in my collection to just enlarge a couple of figures. Love the screen vent campaign hat on the lap of the seated officer. I think this was a pattern 1902 if I recall correctly and mainly worn by the Army, but you do see some Marines using them.

 

The screen vent campaign hat is the 1899 pattern (spec 480).

 

The subsequent campaign hats had the five pointed star vent holes until their replacement by the

ubiquitous service hat of 1912 we recognize by its "Montana Peak."

 

 

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Thanks for the correction...1899 pattern for screen vent. Was the star vent the 1902 pattern?

I am eagerly collecting Pre-WWII USMC material. Any Marine Corps Span Am era, WWI, Banana Wars, or China Marine related material is especially sought after.

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Folks, thank you for the kind words on my article. I think this period in US military history, especially for the Marines, is fascinating and am really looking forward to getting Alec's book!

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Wanted to add these two early Pattern Khaki shots to the thread...they are from a detail of a larger image taken in the PI before August 1903, when the Marine returned stateside. So again that 1st pattern field uniform

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