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1935.370A-C (RS80932)

Description

Coat [A]: Brown/gold wool; plain; turnover collar, no revers; Ten closed long buttonholes; large copper engraved buttons; two at cuffs; and at back flaps; cut away; green trim at button holes; single breasted. Waistcoat [B]: Brown/gold wool; plain; no collar; eleven silk covered buttons; cut away below waist at pocket seam; two pockets with pointed flaps lined with chartreuse silk; flannel back section; single breasted. Breeches [C]: Brown/gold wool/doeskin; full front with four buttons; waistband with three large buttons; lined with linen/silk; five buttons and strap at knee; four pockets gathered and gusseted at back; strap closure at back.

Details

Label
The donor gave this coat with the family history that it had been worn by Dr. Samuel Guild when presented at the French Court with John Paul Jones and officers of the frigate Bonhomme Richard after its victory over the British ship HMS Serapis at the Battle of Flamborough Head on September 23, 1779. For the victory King Louis XVI of France made John Paul Jones a chevalier, or knight--a title he used for the rest of his life. Muster lists indicate that Dr. Guild served as surgeon's mate on the Alliance, one of the vessels serving with the Bonhomme Richard during the Revolutionary War, and was stationed in France when Jones received his knighthood.
Maker
unknown
Date
1790
Material
cloth
cotton (textile)
linen (material)
silk (textile)
stitching
wool (textile)
Object type
Clothing--Outerwear
Descriptive terms
Battle
battles
cloth
Commemorative
commemoratives
Cotton
cotton (textile)
Court
fancy dress
Formal
Hand Stitched
Homespun
Linen
linen (material)
marines (visual works)
Maritime
Men's clothing
Nautical
Revolutionary War
Silk
silk (textile)
stitching
SUIT
suits (main garments)
wars
Wool
wool (textile)
People and organizations
Jones, John Paul
Accession Number
1935.370A-C
GUSN
37749
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