Wool, linen, ebony
Overall: 1 x 21 x 22 1/2 in. ( 2.5 x 53.3 x 57.2 cm )
Dark blue wool 2-pocket waistcoat from 9th New York Hawkin's Zouave's uniform; front in one panel, with red lacing around the neck and in one stripe down the center; back is made in one panel of white plain-weave linen, with 2 sets of cotton twill-weave fabric tape straps which tie at the center; front and back are joined at the left shoulder and left side seam, right side is open and fastens to the back at the shoulder and down the side.
applied: center breast, of cast metal: "9" handwritten: front lining, center: "C, 57. / J.H"
This waistcoat is part of a uniform worn by a member of New York's 9th Volunteers, called Hawkin's Zouaves.
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