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Object Name: Officer's dress coat
Date: 1866-1881
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Medium: Wool, silk, linen, metal
Dimensions: Overall: 5 x 26 x 45 1/2 in. ( 12.7 x 66 x 115.6 cm )
Place made: Asia, Russia, St. Petersburg
Description: Dark blue wool serge double-breasted officer's dress coat; 1" closed stand-up collar (1 hook and eye); metal attachments at the shoulders for epaulettes; 7 buttons down both sides of bodice, both sides of the bodice have buttonholes; closed false cuffs have 3 buttons and 3 vertical stripes of gilt lace with a button at the top of each; 4 panels at the back of the bodice with 2 buttons near the center at the waistline, a button on each side of split skirt; inside lined wtih black twill-weave silk, sleeves lined with white twill-weave silk, breast lightly padded and quilted, each side of skirt has a pocket lined with brown linen; all buttons cast with shield-breasted eagle clutching a branch and arrows.
Credit Line: Gift of William W. Hoffman, Francis Burrall Hoffman, Murray Hoffman, and Colonel Albert Lincoln Hoffman
Object Number: 1956.219a
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Marks: embroidered: on tag inside neck: "Ed. Henry / St. Petersburg" stamped: reverse of each button: "D. EVANS & CO. / ATTLEBORO MASS"

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This dress coat was worn by Colonel Wickham Hoffman (b. 1821), while serving as Secretary of the American Legation at the Court of Versailles, 1866-1875, and as Secretary of Legation at St. Petersburg, 1877-1882.