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Object Name: Officer's dress coat with belt
Date: 1944
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Medium: Wool, silk, metal
Dimensions: Overall: 3 x 24 1/2 x 35 3/4 in. ( 7.6 x 62.2 x 90.8 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Black wool Marine's single-breasted dress coat and belt; coat has 1 7/8" closed stand-up collar (2 sets hooks and eyes), with insignia on each side at the throat, bearing an eagle upon a half-sphere with images of the North and South American continents, with a slanted anchor behind; plain fabric shoulder straps with double silver Captain's bars at the outer edge; 5 buttons down the front (1 not original), 4 pockets, 1 at each breast and hip, all with button-close flaps, up-turned metal hook on the left at the waistline; closed false-cuff sleeves; 4 panels on the back, split at the bottom center; lined with black silk, with vertical slit pocket on the left breast, breast lightly padded and quilted, sleeves lined with white silk, inside of collar has metal studs which secure a white starched stand-up form; belt consists of plain fabric strap which is adjustable by a rectangular brass-colored tongueless buckle.
Credit Line: Gift of Major William Landauer
Object Number: 1946.98ad
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Marks: stamped: reverse of each original button: "WATERBURY BUTTON CO." embroidered: on maker's label, inside left breast: "RIDABOCK & COMPANY / Ridabock & Co. / NEW YORK" printed: on maker's label, inside left breast pocket: "RIDABOCK & CO. / NEW YORK / DATE / CHEST / COLLAR / ORG." handwritten: on maker's label, inside left breast pocket: "1018 / 1at Lt. Wm LANDAUER / MAR 9 1944 / 48 / 19 / MARINE / 1-3/4"

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This dress coat and belt were worn by Major William Landauer, who served in World War II in the First Marine Air Wing. The Society also owns the other pieces to this uniform.