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Wool, silk, metal
Overall: 4 x 20 1/2 x 28 1/4 in. ( 10.2 x 52.1 x 71.8 cm )
Dark blue wool Major's single-breasted coat with 2 1/8" closed stand-up collar (2 sets hooks and eyes), with Marjor's shoulder straps having a gold leaf on each end against a dark blue ground; closes down the front with 8 sets hooks and eyes, slit at each side at the hip; collar and outer edges trimmed with 2" flat black braiding, when fastened the 2 edges of braiding along the front meet; 4 panels on the back; dark (green?) twill-weave silk, vertical slit pocket on left breast, sleeves lined with white silk.
Credit Line 
Gift of Major Edward Gilbert Schermerhorn
Object Number 
printed: on tag in breast pocket: "BROOKS BROTHERS, / BROADWAY / NEW YORK. / Date / No." handwritten: on tag in breast pocket: "Maj E. G. Schermerhorn / 11-29-12 / 13398"
Gallery Label 
This coat was worn by Major Edward Gilbert Schermerhorn. It was made shortly before he took his post as Secretary to New York's governor on January 1, 1913. Schermerhorn resigned when the governor was impeached, but a Special Act of Legislation reinstated his rank and grade for life.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group