Army Corps of Engineers Sergeant’s Trousers, Model 1861, Type I

Army Corps of Engineers Sergeant’s Trousers, Model 1861, Type I

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These model 1861 type I dismounted trousers would have been worn by a Sergeant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Pair of sky blue kersey wool twill trousers with a six button fly and four large metal buttons around the waist. Buttons are tin. There are two vertical slash pockets and a single watch pocket on the right side of the waist. The waistband facing and pocket are made of brown glazed cotton twill. The trousers are unlined. On the inside of the left back is stamped "3 SA" and a an illegible number. There is a "V" shaped slit and two eyelets for waist adjustment at the rear of the waist. There is a 1 1/2" stripe of yellow wool tape that runs from the top of the pocket to the cuff on the outside seam of each leg. There is a one inch slit at the cuff on each outside seam.
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Other Terms
Trousers; Man; Army; Engineer; Sergeant; Enlisted Man
associated date
1861 - 1872
Associated Name
War Dept.
Physical Description
wool (overall material)
sky blue (overall color)
yellow (stripe color)
tin (buttons material)
overall: 33 in x 33 in; 83.82 cm x 83.82 cm
overall (padded): 48 in x 17 in x 2 in; 121.92 cm x 43.18 cm x 5.08 cm
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Credit Line
U.S. War Department
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National Museum of American History
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