|Title||U.S. Army Officer's Uniform Tunic|
|Catalog Number||CVHM-94.82 A|
94.82 Description: WWI -- United States Army Officer's World War I Uniform Tunic. Single-breasted, five button uniform tunic made from finely finished khaki wool and fully lined with brown cotton twill except for sleeves which are lined with striped cotton. Four button-flap patch pockets and buttoned shoulder straps. All buttons are regulation dark finish as are Enlisted Man's collar discs: "US" and "US/NG/104". Left shoulder bears "YD" black felt on khaki divisional shoulder patch for the 26th Division. Poor quality of sewing confirms that application of shoulder patch is after the fact, non-original. Three gold bullion overseas chevrons are stapled to left arm. A single inner pocket, left breast, bears inside manufacturer's label: "Made by / Rosenfield & Rapkin /Uniforms and Clothing / 15 School Street Boston, Mass. U.S.A. / Mr. (in ink script) Lt.McDuffie / Data (in ink script) 18 1/2 15 1/4 - 2" This is an officer's tunic, custom made for an individual and not a government issue, mass-produced enlisted man's tunic. It has been embellished with divisional patch and bullion overseas chevrons. It was evidently acquired from a costume supply house by the donor. (see inscription).
Inscription: Both sleeve linings are stamped, in black: "Hayden Costume Co. / 786 Washington St. / Boston"
Provenance: Paper label accompanying tunic reads: "World War I Army Uniform, Gas Mask / Wrap Around Leggings - Trench Bolo /
Knife, WW I Helmet / Donated By Francis Sheehan"
Background: Rosenfield (Abraham) and Rapkin (Sam), Boston. A.
Rosenfield was first listed in 1903 as a tailor at
28 Charles & from 1906-1908 at 26 Charles. By 1910
he formed A.Rosenfield & Co. (S.Rapkin) as tailors at
15 School & in 1912 Rosenfield & Rapkin is first listed at 15 School, which listing continued through 1928. The Rosenfield uniform Co. continued at that address until after 1951.
References: Katcher, Philip
The American Soldier; U.S.Armies in Uniform, 1755 to the Present
New York, N.Y.: Military Press, 1990
Pps. 113, 114, 115
Fitzsimons, Bernard, Editor
Heraldry & Regalia of War
New York, N.Y.: Beekman House, 1973
Pps. 74, 75
Steffen, Roger S.
Historical Militaria Auction Catalogue 214S
Covington, KY: Roger S. Steffen, 1993
Bazelon, Bruce S. and McGuinn, William F.
A Directory of Military Goods Dealers & Makers, 1785 - 1915
Manassas, VA: REF Typesetting & Publishing,Inc.,1990
John O. Curtis
|Artist||Rosenfield & Rapkin|
|Date||World War I WWI|
|Dimensions||H-73 W-46 inches|
|Credit line||Al Gergeron|
|Museum||Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History|