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Anyone know anything about this old military uniform?

 
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Anyone know anything about this old military uniform?
I was told it's an 1890's Calvary uniform. It was my great grandfather's. What is the value of a uniform like this that's in perfect condition?

It has the jacket (all the buttons), pants, hat, and shin guards.

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11/14/2010 07:08 PM
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Re: Anyone know anything about this old military uniform?
It looks kind of too new. In those days, dyes were not so bright, etc. I would question it's age.
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Re: Anyone know anything about this old military uniform?
It looks kind of too new. In those days, dyes were not so bright, etc. I would question it's age.
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I'm not worried about the age, I know it's from the 1890's.
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Re: Anyone know anything about this old military uniform?
If it was directly in your family, then that's a plus on validity. Perhaps, a museum can assist in your questions. If it is truly what it is, it is worth a lot of $ to collectors. New, especiallly. If it was calvary, wouldn't the enlisted soldier have to wear it for awhile during term of duty and it would get battle fatigued, faded, torn, etc.?
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11/14/2010 07:12 PM
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Re: Anyone know anything about this old military uniform?
You want to sell off your family's heritage?

Go for it - www.usmilitaria.com

Expect to get about 1/3 of what it's worth.
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Re: Anyone know anything about this old military uniform?
If it was directly in your family, then that's a plus on validity. Perhaps, a museum can assist in your questions. If it is truly what it is, it is worth a lot of $ to collectors. New, especiallly. If it was calvary, wouldn't the enlisted soldier have to wear it for awhile during term of duty and it would get battle fatigued, faded, torn, etc.?
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He served a few different times & this was towards the end when he was basically a prison guard. The only wear & tear that's really noticeable is on the shin guards.

I do know for a fact that it's original. It was my great grandfathers and it has never left the family. My mother remembers it from her childhood as well has my grandparents. It was passed down to me and they kept it very protected.

It was appraised in 1984 at $800-$1000 which also confirms it's real.
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Re: Anyone know anything about this old military uniform?
You want to sell off your family's heritage?

Go for it - www.usmilitaria.com

Expect to get about 1/3 of what it's worth.
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I never said I wanted to sell it. I just want to know the value of it. Is it something that should be insured etc...
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Re: Anyone know anything about this old military uniform?
Visit the forum I posted, look around and see what others have paid for similar items.

Glad you don't want to sell. I'd suggest loaning it to a local museum - they'll research it for you as well as preserve it.

It'd be nice if your great grand children could look at it in 80 or so years.
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11/14/2010 07:19 PM
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Re: Anyone know anything about this old military uniform?
I was told it's an 1890's Calvary uniform. It was my great grandfather's. What is the value of a uniform like this that's in perfect condition?

It has the jacket (all the buttons), pants, hat, and shin guards.

[link to www.flickr.com]
 Quoting: Chimpsta

I would say that's correct. The only thing that I questioned is the size of the Sargent stripes. Others I have seen are larger. But, this does look like a dress type uniform from that era.
The last time I saw a uniform's in this condition, it was estimated at $1500-$2500. I wish I had my grandfathers WW1 tanker uniform....he was in the very first tank corp.
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Re: Anyone know anything about this old military uniform?
I was told it's an 1890's Calvary uniform. It was my great grandfather's. What is the value of a uniform like this that's in perfect condition?

It has the jacket (all the buttons), pants, hat, and shin guards.

[link to www.flickr.com]

I would say that's correct. The only thing that I questioned is the size of the Sargent stripes. Others I have seen are larger. But, this does look like a dress type uniform from that era.
The last time I saw a uniform's in this condition, it was estimated at $1500-$2500. I wish I had my grandfathers WW1 tanker uniform....he was in the very first tank corp.
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My great grandfather was a TINY man lol. He was only 5'5" from what I hear.

He was actually one of the guards who watched over Geronimo when he was captured.
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Re: Anyone know anything about this old military uniform?
Visit the forum I posted, look around and see what others have paid for similar items.

Glad you don't want to sell. I'd suggest loaning it to a local museum - they'll research it for you as well as preserve it.

It'd be nice if your great grand children could look at it in 80 or so years.
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That link didn't work, brought me to a bogus site.
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11/14/2010 08:46 PM
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Re: Anyone know anything about this old military uniform?
It looks kind of too new. In those days, dyes were not so bright, etc. I would question it's age.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1164211


Also wanted to point out that the pants are not that bright blue, they are pretty dark (like the jacket). The pic was taken with flash.
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Re: Anyone know anything about this old military uniform?
The backs of the buttons read -

Horstmann Philadelphia

If that means anything

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