Spectacular Union Cavalry Shell Jacket. This has been in a private collection for many years and has just recently come back onto the market. As you can read the appraisal letter below I will keep the description brief:
“May 4, 1998
Appraisal on Civil War Cavalry shell jacket
The jacket aforementioned has come from the collection of Ernst von Frankenberg of West Bend, Wisconsin. He purchased it in either 1939 or 1940 from Francis Bannerman for $3.50.
The jacket is one of the finest examples of a Civil War cavalry uniform- shell jacket I've ever seen. There is absolutely no moth damage, staining or tears in the blue wool. The yellow piping is perfect with none of it being worn at all. The buttons are all original, no replacements, still all attached with its original thread. It has a complete lining intact, the body being of homespun & the sleeves being of white Muslim with a makers Mark intact.
This is the finest example I have seen and would have and an appraised value of $4000
Owner of Mink Creek manufactory and restoration”
The above description remains true. There is one small split in the fabric of the inside sleeve where the manufacturing markings are (shown in photograph). This is a truly beautiful example of a cavalry shell jacket that you will ever find on the market!
$3000.00 plus shipping (additional shipping costs)