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Object Name: Officer's dress coat
Date: 1865-1870
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Medium: Wool, linen, silk, metal
Dimensions: Overall: 6 1/4 x 19 1/2 x 40 1/4 in. ( 15.9 x 49.5 x 102.2 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, Boston
Description: Dark blue wool double-breasted Naval officer's dress tailcoat with epaulettes; 1 3/4" closed stand-up collar (1 hook and eye) with leaves embroidered around the collar in metal thread; epaulettes with gold wings with eagle and anchor insignia at the shoulder end, each and anchor button near the collar, 3/8" bullion around shoulder end; 9 buttons down each side of the front, closed plain sleeves have 2 buttons each with Admiral's leaves embroidered around the bottom in metal thread beneath gold star; 4 panels at the back of the bodice, with 2 buttons near the center at the waistline and a button at the bottom of each tail; inside of bodice and tails lined with white linen, breast and tails are padded and quilted; all buttons are cast with an eagle perched on an anchor.
Object Number: INV.11359
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Marks: embroidered: on tag inside waistline above tails: "John Carle & Co. / 154. Wash.n St. Boston"

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This tailcoat was worn by Admiral William Rogers Taylor (1811-1889), son of William V. Taylor. In 1862, he commanded the blockade vessels off Charleston, South Carolina during the Civil War, and was captain of the U.S.S. Juniata in the first attach of Fort Fisher in 1864.