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July 2nd, 1943 dated, US Marine Corps, Green Service Coat (Uniform), belonging to Major General (i.e.: 1 2 Star General), named: "John Marston", the Commanding General of the 2nd Marine Division, 1942
July 2nd, 1943 dated, US Marine Corps, Green Service Coat (Uniform), belonging to Major General (i.e.:  1 2 Star General), named:  "John Marston", the Commanding General of the 2nd Marine Division, 1942


 
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This uniform is a July 2nd, 1943 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. This uniform is in a EXCELLENT PLUS condition. The inside of the coat has a partial green rayon(?) lining which is in perfect condition. 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, Incorporated, Tailor-and-Haberdasher Quantico, Virignia". This tag has been chain stitched on which is quite attractive. This uniform was given to Alfred Bolognese by the estates of General John Seymour Letcher. Letcher has received this uniform from his father-in-law General Marston (Letcher had married Marston's oldest daughter). There is a stapled paper tag inside that coat (a cleaner's tag?) with the name of "J.S. Letcher" as additional proof of provenance. The exterior of the coat is of the green twill material. There appears that there might have been a cloth patch at one time sewn on the upper left sleeve. Each shoulder epaulette has 2 frosted sterling silver beaded General's stars. These stars are all matching and are of the pin back, not clutch back, style. There are no hallmarks present.

Each upper lapel has proper WWII period, Officer's style, lefts & rights, eagle, globe and anchor, blackened screw back pins. They appear matching as well. All buttons are present, they are of the removable type and are back marked with a proper hallmark. There is a integral sewn in waist belt with a proper style brass buckle. Each lower sleeve cuff has the proper scalop design for a Marine. This uniform includes 4 pages of biographical career information on General Marston.

Comments from the Curator:

This Marine General's uniform is a real treasure. To find a real, identified, AND dated General's uniform is very rare indeed. In 2008 a similar green uniform that was not named or dated inside, but only was vaguely attributed to a Marine General sold for over $40,000 at auction. This example is far better than that, and is being offered for less than a small fraction of that price. The included history on Marston is also quite fascinating as well. See our listing of USMC Brigadier General Shell's uniform that came from the same tailor. Here is a rare chance to acquire a REAL! WWII Marin Corps. General's uniform.

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