Near mint example of the classic Union Cavalry shell jacket as manufactured under US Government contract of 5 November, 1864, by Isaac Haber & Company of New York City, NY. Haber also made 1,000 uniforms for the famed Duryea Zouaves under contract of May 5, 1864. The jacket retains vivid and bright color with virtually no insect damage but does have some minor seam openings on the arms from being on a mounted display. Simply stunning condition overall.
The shell jacket proved to be a durable, light and very serviceable garment worn by Yankee cavalry troopers and mounted artillerymen during the Civil War. Less expensive to make than the frock coats, these jackets were prescribed for issue to all mounted men in the Federal army. This handsome, government issue, near MINT Civil War cavalry uniform jacket is indeed one of the best to surface in the collecting field in a great while. Cavalry jackets are fast becoming difficult to find and this specimen makes a stunning addition to any cavalry display or collection of military cloth.