Cotton, metal, plastic
Overall: 2 1/2 x 18 1/4 x 29 1/4 in. ( 6.4 x 46.4 x 74.3 cm )
White cotton-twill single-breasted Navy officer's coat; 1 3/4" closed stand-up collar (2 sets hooks and eyes); lieutenant's shoulder boards, with 2 gilt stripes, outer is approx. 5/8", inner is approx 3/8", gold 5-pointed starat the center, buttons at the collar end; closed sleeves, no cuffs; 5 buttons down the front, breast pockets with flaps which button closed; side seams split at the bottom, right side split 5 1/2" closing with 1 white plastic button, left side split 10 1/2" closing with 3 white plastic buttons, remaining buttons metal, cast with an eagle clutching an anchor above 3 cannon balls, surrounded by stars; back in 4 panels; coat unlined.
Gift of Mr. Abel I Smith, Jr.
stamped: reverse of metal buttons: "SUPERIOR / QUALITY"
This coat is part of a uniform worn by Abel I. Smith, Jr., when he served in the Navy during World War II. According to the accession records, he was a lieutenant.
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