Lot 2089

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This rare regulation ensemble made from white linen and blue cotton trim is identified to Milo Howell who entered the Navy at age of 17 in August 1864. He served on the USS "North Carolina" and the USS "Lancaster". The USS "Lancaster" was a gunboat that saw service on the Atlantic coast. Sailor Howell served just over a year and was discharged November 1865. The trousers and blouse are in beautiful condition, showing bright colors. The blouse is mostly hand sewn. The long seams in the linen are sewn with a machine. There are extra decorative details done by hand including a shield shaped pocket and a shield shaped lapel. Shield shaped decoration is done in white stitching as can be seen in photos. There are two embroidered white stars on back of the blue "fall" and a hand embroidered black star with red or pink highlights that signifies a special rating, possibly a watch position. The matching pair of white linen trousers have a 5-button front with an ID on the inside back in blue painted letters "M. Howell No 89". Pants retain all their orig buttons, which are hand sewn and are made of bone. Pants are lined in the front and along belt line with cotton panels with a tie string and eyelets in back. This uniform was purchased from an auction in Groton, N.Y. Milo Howell lived in Lansing, NY, which is 10 miles away. PROVENANCE: Estate auction, Groton, N.Y.; Richard Graney, 1978; private collection. CONDITION: Overall uniform is in very good condition. Sleeves measure just over 8" where attached, tapering down to cuffs with openings of less than 4". Blouse shows large areas of staining, which can be seen in photo. Seams are mostly tight and complete. There is a hole about 2" x 1" on back right, as can been seen in photo, and a few other small scattered holes which do not effect esthetics of blouse. Trousers are also sound and solid with some staining, as can be seen in photo. There is one seam torn at bottom of left front flap about 2" long and another seam separation in seat with several inches of repair to seat at another separation which appears contemporary to the war based on sewing thread and technique. 8-76333 JS42

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by James D. Julia
October 2, 2012 10:00 AM EDT
203 Skowhegan Road
Fairfield, ME, US 04937

James D. Julia

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