Original U.S. Civil War Federal Artillery Enlisted Shell Jacket Certified By The Gettysburg Museum Of History
Original U.S. Civil War Federal Artillery Enlisted Shell Jacket Certified By The Gettysburg Museum Of History. Union Artillery uniform jacket, also referred to as a shell jacket, in good condition. This type of jacket was worn by countless Federal artillery soldiers during the Civil War.
Garment is constructed of fine wool material dyed a deep indigo blue with the blue color still strong. Cloth body exhibits virtually no visible moth nips or holes so common in these wool garments. Jacket features a standup collar. Approximately 2.50” tall with 3/8” wide, artillery-red piping or lacing decorating the edges, collar is adorned with two, cuff size, eagle ‘shield’ brass buttons set back on each side. Both buttons are offset by additional short strips of red braid. Collar braid is bright, tight. The back seam had separations at the center seam as normally seen but was repaired at some point and looks good. Jacket front reflects 12-button closure with twelve, original brass eagle ‘shield’ buttons securely sewn to the flap edge. Some buttons have marker marks. These buttons are original but were reattached at some point. Buttonholes show light wear. Both sleeve cuffs are functional and complete with two buttons each. Cuffs also exhibit the chevron-style, red braid. Artillery braiding also runs down the opposite (button hole) flap, circles around the entire bottom edge of the jacket and rises to each shoulder from the two original belt-rest pads “pillows” sewn on the jacket backside and are original to the jacket. Interior grey wool body of this uniform jacket is in fair condition, showing some tearing but it’s there and original. The inner sleeve lining is white cotton and the right interior shoulder is inspection ink stamped which is hard to read but has a clear U.S. in the center. Approximate Measurements: Collar to shoulder: 10″ Shoulder to sleeve: 25″ Shoulder to shoulder: 16.5″ Chest width: 17″ Waist width: 17 Hip width: 17″ Front length: 25.5″ The shell jacket proved to be a tough, light and very serviceable garment worn by Union cavalry troopers and mounted artillerymen during the war. Less expensive than the frock coats, these jackets were prescribed for issue to all Artillery men in the Federal Army. Looks great on a torso display. An excellent Civil War uniform at a reasonable price. This uniform is 100% guaranteed to be authentic. A fantastic display piece. Complete museum documentation (COA) provided. Don’t miss this!