Model 1857 Frock Coat


This coat bears the insignia of a hospital steward—a yellow silk embroidered caduceus on each sleeve. The responsibilities of hospital stewards included maintaining order and discipline, keeping records, dressing minor wounds, assisting surgeons, and serving as pharmacists. No one except the hospital steward was allowed into the dispensary where opium, morphine, and other drugs were stored.

Associated Date: 1857

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: U.S. War Department

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AF.24989.01Accession Number: 64127Catalog Number: 24989.01

Object Name: coatOther Terms: coat; Man; Army; Artillery; Enlisted Man; Dress

Physical Description: wool (overall material)dark blue (overall color)crimson (trim color)green (half-chevron color)brass (buttons material)Measurements: overall: 36 in x 16 in; 91.44 cm x 40.64 cmoverall (padded): 36 in x 16 in x 2 in; 91.44 cm x 40.64 cm x 5.08 cm


Record Id: nmah_397286

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