Civil War Mounted Services Jacket
WALBERG: The only furnishings original to the mansion seen today are the planters in the ballroom. These pieces were re-acquired for Rosecliff by its final private owner, J. Edgar Monroe.
It's been in the family for many, many years. My great-great-great-aunt's good friend next door, when he passed away, gave her all of his Civil War items.
So it's got the bird cage on the front. It's entirely hand-sewn, which is the first thing I saw when you brought it up to the table, which is why I unbuttoned it. Because inside the sleeve, you see three dots, and "3SA." So it was a size three from Schuylkill Arsenal in Pennsylvania. Nice wool plaid lining. A lot of these were made with leftover textiles from dress manufacturers, and they would buy the scrap to make the linings out of. The collar has been shortened for wear in the field, which is great. Normally the collar would be a little bit taller, but it would chafe the neck, so they would cut it down a little bit. Then in the back... They altered-- these would have been the standard pillows to hold up your belt.
But what they did is, they made little belt loops out of it, little bordered belt loops out of the twill lace, which is kind of neat. Have you ever had it appraised before?
All right, so the market for this type of material has gone down a little bit, but what you have going for this is, it's identified and it's Schuylkill Arsenal. We see contract coats that were left over from Bannerman's and other surplus stores a lot. Those bring in the $2,500, $2,500 to $3,000 range. I would say in today's market for this, with the identification, probably $5,000 to $7,000.
Oh, very good.
A few years ago, it would have been probably double that.
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