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US Cavalry officer's uniform dress pants worn by John H. Alexander

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Created by:
John G. Haas, American  Search this
Worn by:
John Hanks Alexander, American, 1864 - 1894  Search this
Subject of:
9th Cavalry Regiment, American, founded 1866  Search this
wool, linen, cotton, and silk with metal buttons
H x W (flat): 42 × 14 1/4 in. (106.7 × 36.2 cm)
Inseam: 30 3/4 in. (78.1 cm)
H x W x D (On Form with Jacket): 61 x 25 x 14 in. (154.9 x 63.5 x 35.6 cm)
dress uniforms
ca. 1890
A pair of navy blue wool uniform dress pants worn by John Hanks Alexander of the 9th US Cavalry. The boot-cut trousers are made from a dark navy wool broadcloth. The trousers fasten at the center front waist with six (6) metal buttons and one (1) additional button and tab at the top, all hidden from the facing side by an additional placket. The waist band has a gore at the center back for an adjustable fit, closing with a self-fabric tab and metal buckle. Six (6) round metal buttons are sewn around the waist band for attaching suspenders. All of the buttons except the topmost on the front fly are marked "DÉPOSÉ / PARIS" on the front. There are two (2) welted pockets, one at each front side waist, with the welt shaped into a point and closing with one (1) button at the point. There is one (1) pocket for a watch at the proper right front side. One (1) welted pocket is sewn at the proper right back. The pocket linings are made from mid-weight cotton twill, except the watch pocket which is lined with cotton muslin. Inscribed on the watch pocket lining in black ink is the text "J.H. Alexander / U.S.A.". The waist band is lined in a half-silk cream, blue, and gold stripe. Linen lining material is sewn below the interior waist band for further reinforcement. A bright yellow 1 5/8-inch wide stripe of wool broadcloth is sewn on the outer side of each leg from below the waist band to the hem. A length of black twill tape is sewn on the interior back of the hem of both legs to protect them from spur damage. A length of brown cotton is sewn at the interior front of the hem of both legs.
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Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Family of Frances Sampson Mask
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Public domain
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