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Civil Defense Volunteer Organization Uniform
Wool, silk, metal
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The subject was born in Philadelphia, the son of Jacob Schieffelin, Sr., who had immigrated from Germany in 1745. In 1780 he married Hannah Lawrence, a Quaker of New York, and he lived there until 1783, when he moved to Montreal. He returned to New York in 1794 and took an interest in a wholesale drug firm called Lawrence and Schieffelin until 1799; he was the sole proprietor until 1805; from that year until his retirement in 1814 it was known as Jacob Schieffelin and Son.
Gift of Major Howland Pell
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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