Schulkyl Aresenal Infantry Jacket..............................$250.00
At the time of the American
Civil War the jacket was coming into the hayday of its popularity.
The Confederacy was quick to exploit this trend as it allowed
them to effectively uniform their soldiers with the smallest amount of
cloth possible. Federal soldiers, likewise wanted to look their best
while in the army, and the standard fatigue blouse was not very attractive,
and the dress coat was far too hot for field use. Thus, many Federal
soldiers desired or were issued jackets of a dizzying variety. Untrimmed
mounted jackets, state issue jackets, and even modified fatigue blouses
and dress coats were seen in all armies throughout the war. But by
far the most common of these jackets were those produced by the Schulkyl
Arsenal, several hundred thousand of which were produced. These jackets
were issued east and west, and were very popular and highly desired by the
men in the ranks.
Our reproductions are made from only the most authentic
broadcloth available, and are lined in the body with domet flannel, and
the sleeves with either muslin or cotton shirting. The chest is quilted,
much as in a frock coat, and the collar is closed with a hook and eye.
The functional cuff is closed with two small federal eagle buttons,
and each coat has an 11 small federal eagle button front. The entire
interior perimeter is lined with a broadcloth facing, and overcasted to
close the lining...this means that there are literally thousands of visible
handstitches, (and hundreds of non-visible ones) for every coat!
Our coats come in Standard Grade only, but we may
be offering entirely handsewn versions in the future.