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2 Uniform Grouping Belonging To A Infantry, Lieutenant Colonel, Named: "R.L. Richtus 14889", Serving In The Virginia Army National Guard
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Uniform No. 1
1960's to the 1970's Period, US Army, 1938 Pattern, Blue Dress Uniform For Officer's Of The Regular Army, Belonging To A Infantry, Lieutenant Colonel, Named: "R.L. Richtus 14889", Serving In The Virginia Army National Guard
Uniform No. 2
September 10th, 1964 Dated, US Army, 1937 Pattern, Mess Dress Uniform, Belonging To A Infantry Colonel, Named: "R.L. Richtus 14889", Serving In The Virginia Army National Guard
Uniform Number 1 Details
This is a 2 uniform grouping all belonging to the same Officer from Virginia. Ths 1st uniform is a 1960's/70's period, US Army, 1938 Pattern, Blue Dress Uniform For Officer's Of The Regular Army. The local resident who donated these 2 uniforms to the museum said that they both belonged to an Officer named: "R.L. Richtus". The 1938 pattern uniform is in EXCELLENT condition. Pinned on the upper collar lapels are 2 "US" pins that are clutch backs, unhallmarked, and are matching. Pinned on the lower collar lapels are 2 "Infantry" cross rifles pins that are clutch backs, hallmarked, and are matching. Each shoulder has 2 sewn in metal loops for the epaulettes. These epaulettes are not present but are both cheap and easy to find.
Sewn on the right shoulder is a small, 1 piece eagle type button which is for the wear of either a Infantry Blue Lanyard, or fo an aiguillette. All the rest of the buttons are of the deluxe 2 piece eagle type, are hallmarked, appear all matching, and are sewn on with correct thread. Each lower sleeve has artifical gold and blue stripping of Officer status serving in the Infantry branch of the service. The inside of the jacket is of the partial lining type and it is in EXCELLENT condition. The lining shows that Richtus at one time had several awards/medals, and a name plate at one time pinned on his right breast. The left breast shows that many awards/medals/badges were at one time also present. There are 2 inside pockets. One has a standard "Union Made" label found sewn to the inside. The 2nd inner pocket has a large tag sewn inside for contract information, and a large bevo-style tailor's tag found sewn on the outside that reads "Hand Tailored By Carey, Baltimore". This uniform included his matching lighter blue shade, striped Officer's trousers. They have a large tag found sewn inside that delineates the contract information for these trousers. This tag matches the one found in the jacket. Also included with this uniform is his black color, elasticized belt and buckle (the belt has 1 3" frayed edge). A pair of glossy black patent shows is also included. The last inclusion is a post March, 1971 period D.I. for service in the Virginia Army National Guard.
NOW ON TO THE SECOND UNIFORM OF THIS 2 UNIFORM GROUPING!
September 10th, 1964 Dated, US Army, 1937 Pattern, Mess Dress Uniform, Belonging To A Infantry, Colonel, Named: "R.L. Richtus 14889", Serving In The Virginia Army National Guard
This uniform is dated September 10th, 1964. It is a US Army, 1937 Pattern, Mess Dress Uniform. It is the 2nd uniform of a 2 uniform grouping being offered as a set. This uniform is in EXCELLENT condition with no mothing or staining. Each shoulder has the heavy worsted epaulettes of Officer status. They are of the correct screw on type and appear to be of a early production. Each inner lapel has the light blue color satin facings of service in the Infantry branch. The left side lapel shows some light evidence of his miniature medals at one time being pinned on. Each lower sleeve has the gold braid of a higher Field Grade Officer's status. Oddly, we can find no evidence of any Infantry branch crossed rifles insignia ever having been pinned over his lower braid trefoil. While most Officers' wore their branch insignia, there is plenty of photographic evidence indicating that some Officer's never applied any. The lower sleeve braid and trefoils are of the same material as for the 2 epaulettes. The buttons are of the deluxe 2-piece eagle types, are hallmarked, appear all matching, and are of the correct removable type.
The inside of the jacket is fully lined and is of the 1/2 quilted style. There are 2 inner pockets one of which has a standard "Union Made" label sewn inside of a pocket. Sewn inside the 2nd inner pocket is a tailor's tag that reads: "The Hass Tailoring Co., The Tailors From Baltimore Paca and Redwood Strees, Baltimore, MD., Name: Lt. Col. R.L. Richtus, Dated Sept. 10, 1964 No. 14889 Your Measure Retained". Sewn above the outside of this inside pocket is a combination set of 4 tags that lists his individual initials of "R.L.R" on 3 small cloth tags, and a large bevo-style tag that readsd "H Custom Tailored Haas Baltimore". The uniform includes the small double buttons connected by a gold chain, front closure button set as well (they are almost always missing).
Comments from the Curator:
This is a very nice 2 uniform Infantry Officer's uniform grouping. The donor said that he was given this uniforms when a prior tenant left much of his belongings behind when he abandoned/left his rented house. These 2 uniforms are of the Vietnam conflict period making them quite desirable. The surviving evidence of his large size award ribbon bars at one time being pinned on, indicates that Lieutenant Colonel Richtus was a combat Officer. We have not had the chance to research his biographical information, thus the reasonable price.
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