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US Marine Corps., Green Service Coat (Uniform), belonging to a Brigadier General, named: "George Richard Erwin Shell" the Commanding Officer of the 2nd Marine Battalion of the 10th Marine Regiment, of the 2nd Marine Division on Guadalcanal
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This uniform is a May 4th, 1959 dated, US Marine Corps., Green Service Coat (Uniform). As proof of provenance the uniform is named and dated on the inside of the inside breast pocket to: "Gen. Shell". The name is typed on this sewn in tag. This uniform is in a low EXCELLENT condition. There is a small 3/8 inch faded white stain on the edge of the lower right pocket bag and a 3/8 inch faded white stain on the lower left cuff. They should be removable by professional dry cleaning. The inside of the coat has a partial green rayon (?) quilted lining which is in good condition, but does show moderate sweat staining. Sewn on the outside of the inside breast pocket is a large bevo style cloth tailor's tag that reads: "Since 1918, A.M. Bolognese & Sons, Tailor - and - Haberdasher, Quantico, Virginia". This tag has been chain stitched on with never seen before matching color thread, which is a quite attractive. There is another small bevo style "Garment Manufactured" tag machine sewn into a lining seam.
This uniform was given to John Seymour Letcher by the estate of the tailor Alfred Bolognese. The exterior of the coat is of the green twill material. Each shoulder epaulette has a single, General's star insignia pinned on. They are clutch backs and are matching. Each upper collar lapel has matching, Officer's style, lefts and rights, eagle, globe and anchor, blackened screwback pins. They are of the correct period, are hollow backs and not hallmarked. All buttons are present and backmarked. They are of the sew on type and are attached with correct thread. There is a integral waist belt with a slider and correct brass buckle. Each lower sleeve cuff has the proper scalop design for a Marine. General Shell's ribbon bar was missing and a correct replacement has been added by a previous owner. Thirteen sheets of biographical information are included. Three identical photos of General Shell are included. Two pairs of his original trousers are also included. They are not marked and are in good condition.
Comments from the Curator:
This Marine General's uniform is currently being researched. It is nicely named and dated for proof of provenance, Shell was the Commanding Officer of the 2nd Marine Battalion of the 10th Marine Regiment of the 2nd Marine Division on Guadalcanal, Solomons, Tarawa, Gilberts, Saipan, and the Marianas in WWII. He received a rare Legion of Merit Medal with "V" for valor device, and a Purple Heart Medal which is quite a plus. This rare USMC uniform grouping is also quite affordable.
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