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Extremely rare Commodore's Frock, Civil War, circa 1864. Most likely belonged to William D. Porter as this coat, according to the consignor, originally came from the Porter family estate and William D. was the only Porter family member to serve in the commodore capacity while this uniform was in regulation. William D. Porter is also known to not have consistently worn shoulder insignia as seen in the period images of him in uniform. An envelope addressed to Warren Porter was found in the pocket and dated 1902. This coat was thoroughly gone over by John Sexton and his report follows: This naval officer's coat seems to be original and authentic from the Civil War era. Coat appears to have no alterations except where noted. This coat conforms to sleeve device designations of May 23, 1863(see Frederick Todd, p. 540 American Military Equipage) of rank of Commodore. The sleeve decoration of seven stripes(2 groups of 3 and a single stripe between) was only used till 1866 when regulations changed again. Unfortunately the collar insignia is missing( remnants of attaching sewing is evident) Todd shows a clear and identical cuff decoration matching 'Commodore' and at no other time in US Naval history was this identical cuff device used. The coat conforms t a typical late Civil War 1864-5 frock coat in construction. Features of late war include long unhemmed skirts measuring 20" and large balloon like sleeves with elbows over 9" and cuff opening being 6". The lining is polished green cotton with lightly padded areasin shoulders. Tail pockets and inside left breast pocket is lined in brown polished cotton. Sleeves are lined in a light weight white cotton. There are no markings found anywhere in coat. The 'hanging' tab in back which often would have had a name inked on reverse appears replaced(probably in its time of use). There are several old repairs, small ones to fix small holes that appear original to time of coats use(note small repair on right sleeve about 2" from cuff. The cuff decoration of bullion stripes and embroidered bullion star appear original to manufacture of coat with no additions or alterations. I feel this is no doubt a 1864-5 US Naval Commodore frock coat. The buttons are regulation USN and appear original to coat(4 have been re-sewn on breast). BAck marks on buttons are D. Evans, Attleboro, Mass. which is a known wartime maker. Usually these buttons, when excavated are found in late war sites and are accepted as late war 1864-5. If you are viewing this on Liveauctioneers visit LouisJDianni.com for additional images.
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very good original condition with report from industry expert

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751: Frock, Civil War, Commodore William Porter

Estimate $2,000 - $4,000Feb 20, 2012