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Rarest of the Rare! Authentic Charleston Depot Confederate Enlisted Shell Jacket
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Here is your chance to own one of the most elusive of all Confederate uniforms. This is an original Confederate enlstedman's uniform. You see the officer frock coats much more often because most of the officer's had enough money to own other coats. As for the regular fighting men of the Confederacy, they usually wore their uniforms until they were rags and were then thrown away. That is why so few survive today. This is the pattern that is believed to have been produced and issued by the Confederate Depot in Charleston, South Carolina. Experts say that there are less than 10 of these that have survived out of the thousands that were made. The estimated life for one of these enlisted uniforms was less than 6 months as is evident by the Confederate Government allotting soldier's allowances for 2 uniforms a year. This one has a fantastic untouched look, like the soldier marched home after the war ended and hung it up. The coat has a vast amount of wear but no moth or insect damage. The cloth has the classic Confederate "Butternut" color that shows beautifully from all angles. The four main pieces of the coat "Body" is made of the woolen jean cloth material. Each of the sleeves are produced out of the same material and each of them are constructed of a single piece of cloth. You can tell by the wear on the sleeves that the Rebel wore this coat extensively. The sleeves and collar retain the original thick cord with a greenish tint. This trim is interesting because a few years back, when we did and Antiques Roadshow in Charleston, I had a previously unknown Confederate uniform come into the show and it has trim with a very similar texture. One thing that is very neat about this coat is that on each side of the body it has the "tab" style belt loops added to help hold the soldier's belt up. These are designed similar to the shoulder tabs seen on many of the early Confederate coats. The loops utilize simple floral buttons at the top. Speaking of buttons, this coat as a very interesting button arrangement. There are three lathe turned wooden buttons and two standard infantry eagle buttons. This coat was sold several years ago by Shannon Pritchard of Old South Military Antiques, and he stated that he believed they were all original to the coat because of the thick orange toned cord that affixes the buttons to the coat. When you open the coat up, you are greeted by the original lining that is in beautiful condition. This type of lining is often referred to as osnaberg lining, which is just a fancy way of saying that the material is a coarse, plain weave material. This piece of history came from the museum like personal collection of Mathew Woodburn. This is your opportunity to own a very scarce original Confederate butternut uniform that displays superbly! Don't miss this opportunity!

Item #: B1365
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