CIVIL WAR ANTIQUES
CONFEDERATE FROCK COAT
W/ CAPTURE HISTORY
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CONFEDERATE FROCK COAT W/ CAPTURE HISTORY
PRICE $ 25,000.00
A Confederate double breasted frock coat for enlisted infantryman made from homespun butternut wool jean cloth. Typical period hand sewn construction with sleeves a full 9-inches at elbow and five inch cuffs. Double breasted construction with blockade run lined "I" infantry buttons backmarked "Superior Quality". Tall collar lined with black velvet. Liner is green polished cotton with burlap padded chest. White cotton interior breast pocket and two tail pockets. Sleeve lining of unbleached cotton. Long unhemmed skirt extends to top of collar when folded.
Accompanying the coat are a 1971 dated letter detailing the history of the coat from the grandson of Lt. John W. Jennings, 27th Ky Infantry, who captured it at Wildcat Gap. The letter was written to Red Jackson who was a well known and pioneering collector and dealer of historical artifacts. Also accompanying is a letter from Mr. Jackson to William "Bill" Bond, another early and renowned collector of Civil War artifacts, detailing this coat, it subsequently being purchased by him in 1971 and remaining in his collection until 1994. The other noted collections the coat has resided in are; purchased from Conestoga Auctions in 1994 by Dave Marks & Bill Turner, sold to Michael Kramer who kept the coat in his collection for over 20 years. Les Jensen recently noted and remarks "Most likely Virginia based on few surviving similar examples which are identified to Virginia soldiers."
Lt. Jenning's grandson states that the coat was taken in the fall of 1862 at Wildcat Gap. This would have been the area near Camp Wildcat, Laurel County Ky during the Confederate retreat through the Cumberland gap after the battle of Perryville. There were numerous skirmishes in this area at the time and reports of the Federal command state that up to 600 prisoners were taken during rearguard actions. The 27th Ky participated in these actions between the 15th & 18th of Nov. 1862 and it can be ascertained that the coat was taken by Jennings at this time.
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Coat is in very good condition and displays nicely. The body of the coat is mostly free of any insect damage, there are scattered minor contemporary repairs made by the soldier to keep the coat serviceable. The velvet on interior of collar is well worn. The buttons have been resewn and most likely are not original to the coat.
A very attractive Confederate coat with a fairly detailed history.
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