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Boy's Zouave uniform

American
about 1860


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States; Place of Manufacture: (buttons) Attleboro, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Center front (jacket): 42.55 cm (16 3/4 in.) Overall (trousers): 79.06 cm (31 1/8 in.) Overall (cap): 11.43 x 17.15 cm (4 1/2 x 6 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

51.683a-c

Medium or Technique

Jacket: Wool twill, gilt brass buttons, silk plain weave ribbon (warp-faced) Trousers: Wool twill, cotton plain weave, gilt brass buttons Cap: Wool twill, cotton plain weave, silk cord, cotton twill, gilt brass button

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Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Short jacket of dark blue wool twill trimmed with yellow wool tape and sixteen decorative brass buttons; seams covered with black silk ribbon inside.

Inscription

Buttons on yolk of jacket: Obverse: arm holding sword at center, surrounded by "MASS VOUNTEER/ MILITIA" and an outer ring of twenty-four stars on a lined field; Reverse: "R.W. ROBINSON/ EXTRA"

Buttons on yellow side stripes of trousers: Obverse: arm holding sword at center, surrounded by "MASS VOUNTEER/ MILITIA" and an outer ring of twenty-four stars on a lined field; Reverse: "ROBINSON MAKERS"

Buttons on sides of waistband trousers: "BOSTON [start motif] OAK HALL [start motif] BOSTON"

Button at top of cap: arm holding sword at center, surrounded by "MASS VOUNTEER/ MILITIA" and an outer ring of stars on a lined field

Stamped inside top of cap: "Fashionable" in an oval surround with diamond and dot border

Provenance

Worn by Horatio Appleton Lamb (1850-1926); Inherited by Misses Aimee and Rosamund Lamb; Gift to the MFA, 1951

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Mrs. Horatio Appleton Lamb