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ultra rare! c. 1888 U.S. MARINE Corps. – UNIFORM JACKET



Now fully operational from the beautiful Pacific North West, we encourage all to keep a close eye as we unpack posted offerings and continue what will be an ongoing effort of unpacking the collection while taking stock with an eye toward thinning out our accumulation of treasures. After years of seeking out and acquiring all manner of quality antique Americana from simple but seldom surviving items of special interest to historically important treasures, Janet and I look forward to offering the fruits of our years of seeking out such to new and appreciative homes.

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Best described here by our photo illustrations, this Marine Corps uniform jacket remains in pleasing condition while showing good evidence of age and originality. A configuration that we have been unable to reference in text or by example, this wool uniform jacket sports eight HORSTMAN PHILADELPHIA back marked Marine Corps two piece buttons (c.1875-1902). The right shoulder sleeve lining bears the period stamping ‘V. H., N. Y. / Style (120) Size (38) Stock (34)’over QUARTERMASTERS DEPT. / U. S. Marine Corps / 1887-1888 markings. The padded lining offers a period identification to ‘J. McManus’. Worthy of additional research, we have been unable to pinpoint the ‘V. H., N. Y.’ marking and wonder if the link to New York over the Marine QM marking is a link to ultimate transfer of this little used even unissued design uniform jacket from U. S. Marine Corps stores to the then newly created New York Naval Militia which encompassed the 1st Marine Corps Reserve Company ? The New York Naval Militia (NYNM) was first created in 1889 and was formally mustered into state service as the First Battalion, Naval Reserve, on 23 June 1891. Following the sinking of the USS Maine in February 1898, the Navy Department called up Naval Militia volunteers for duty in the Federal Auxiliary Naval Force. The NYNM sent five divisions of its 1st Battalion to fight in the Spanish-American War. With clear speculation as to the origin and specific history of this jacket, it was unquestionably included in U. S. Marine Corps Quartermasters stores in the late 19th century and the scarcity of reference by text or by form can only attest to its rarity. A desirable companion to any Marine Corps or general U. S. military uniform collection.
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