Wool, cotton, silk, metal
Overall: 4 x 27 3/4 x 31 1/4 in. ( 10.2 x 70.5 x 79.4 cm )
Dark wool military dress coat with stand up collar, 5 metal New York State buttons, with double-breasted lace frogs flanking the buttons on the front and lacework at the bottom of each sleeve; each sleeve has 3 buttons; silk fabric tape trims the outer edges; inside lined with black silk.
Gift of Mrs. Philip G. Schermerhorn
embroidered: on tag, inside neck: "Brooks Bros / Broadway / New-York"
This jacket was worn by George S. Schermerhorn (1835-1926), a Lieutenant-Colonel of New York's 7th Regiment, National Guard. Schermerhorn was called into duty during New York City's Draft Riots in 1863, and it is possible that he wore this coat during that time. The 7th Regiment was formed in 1847 and was known as the "silk stocking regiment" because of its socially prominent membership.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.