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May 27th, 1926 dated, US Army, 4 Pocket, Wool Serge, 18 Oz., OD, Service Coat, belonging to a Quartermaster, Brigadier General, named: "Frank F. Reed F542"
May 27th, 1926 dated, US Army, 4 Pocket, Wool Serge, 18 Oz., OD, Service Coat, belonging to a Quartermaster, Brigadier General, named:  "Frank F. Reed F542"


 
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This uniform is dated May 27th, 1926. It is a US Army, 1926 Pattern (not exactly), 4 Pocket, Wool Serge, 18 Oz., Service Coat. The inside pocket has the inked-in named of : "Brigadier General, Frank F. Reed F542". The tag has the date typed-in, but in a really cool purple color ink (was it once blue in color?). The uniform is a well made commerical version differing in some respects from the 1926 pattern. The pocket tag also reads: "House of Kuppenheimer". There is another, but different style, brown silk "By The House of Kuppenheimer" tag at the neck. The neck hanger loop is detached from one side. The Kuppenheimer company was a well known supplier of custom tailored military uniforms. They were usually sold by Sears. These uniforms were offered in several grades/weights of cloth depending on the taste and budget of the purchaser. Interestingly, they sold both Officer's and Enlisted Men's designs.

The interior chocolate color lining is excellent as are the inner sleeves. There is no discernable interior of exterior evidence of any sleeve patches ever, having been present. The exterior rates a low excellent as there are a few very tiny moth holes scattered about which are almost invisible. There are, however, 2, 1/8 inch size moth holes on the lower left flap (see photo). All buttons are present, and of mixed back marks. They all appear to be attached with correct period thread and show no evidence of re-attachment. The 2 "US" pins are both matching, hallmarked, and of the snow flake design, and show wonderful age patina. Their clutch backs are all matching "smoothies". Each lower collar lapel has a Quartermaster Corps., Officer's style pin. These pins are of the rare (and very desirable) high quality 2 piece construction. They are non-hallmarked, matching, facing right, and have the pre-war "mushroom" style clutches. These Q.M.C. pins are highly detailed and wonderfully aged. General Reed had much Ordnance Corps. service, therefore the museum is including a matching non-hallmarked pair of Ordnance Corps. lapel pins. Why he had Quarter-master Corps. pins in unsure, so it was felt that the more appropriate Ordnance Corps. pins should be included as a gift to the purchaser. The single, Brigadier General's stars found on each shoulder epaulette are both matching, of the WWI "ribbed" surface pattern, and are hallmarked "silver" (interestingly enough not marked with the more usual "sterling" designation). The stars are mostly dark from the expected silver oxidation. There are 2 matching, bright brass belt hooks found in back.

Each lower sleeve has a correct style mohair cloth ring designating Officer status. The lower left sleeve has a single, "V" shape, age darkened, gold bullion "6 months war service served", cloth patch. General Reed has a 3 ribbon bar sewn above his top left pocket flap. It is hand sewn-on, but is coming loose at one end. The ribbons are the correct, larger, WWI period size. The 1st ribbon is for service on the Mexican border for the "1916/17 Punitive Expedition" to catch the bandit Pancho Villa. The second award ribbon is the "WWI Victory Medal". The third ribbon is unidentified as of now, but almost certainly is a State National Guard 20 Years Service, award.

When acquired this uniform came with a pair of "pinks" trousers. They are in a low excellent condition, and have several different serial numbers found inked inside (the usual occurance). No tag can be found inside. To help complete this uniform, the museum has added the following correct period items: a excellent condition, khaki, Officer's, "Regulation" tagged shirt, which is of superior quality and partially rayon/silk (?) lined. Also added is a rare pre-war style, black tie (it has a few moth holes which do not show when worn). Also added is the most unbelievably magnificent, custom made "pinks" trousers, Officer's style belt and buckle. This belt is all custom made, and is constructed of high quality "pinks" trouser material (rarely ever seen). And this Officer's style belt and buckle is of a never seen before, brass and steel hybrid construction design. The outer face plate is all brass, while the rear/inside back plate is of brass plated steel. It is a very unusual piece and it's all original too (you just got to see it). The back plate is rather rusty now from it's age. Usually buckles are constructed out of solid brass (and they are stamped as such), or they are constructed out of brass plated steel (a economy measure). The last item added to this gouping is a pre-war, Cap, Service, Wool Fur Felt, Officer's. This cap is in the correct green-ish pre-war shade, not the later incorrect chocolate color. The condition is good to very good throughout, although the leather visor shows some scuffing and wear. The hat color is a very close match to the uniform material which is quite unusual, as they were made by different companies and at different times.

Comments from the Curator:

After much costly research the museum finally found the biographical military career information on General Reed. It comes with 2 sheets of biographical career information with the grouping. He served in the famous Pancho Villa - Punitive Expedition which makes this uniform highly collectible. He also served in WWI for 2 battle campaigns (the St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne Offensives), which also is a great enhancement to this grouping. The Mexican Border award ribbon and the WWI service chevron and ribbon still make this uniform a fine specimen. Ask yourself how many 1920's identified General's uniforms you have ever seen? (remember the Army was quite small back then). While only a rather dull Quartermaster Corps. General, his Mexican Border service and combined WWI service both make up for that in spades! Note: The price will increase on this grouping is the biographical information being sought is uncovered by the museum later on.

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