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U.S. Suit Jackets: Collar-buttoning Jacket Chronology--The 1850s

boys' collar buttoning jackets 1850

Figure 1.-- Here we see a cased portrait of an unidebntified American boy we think in the 1850s. The jacket was similar to U.S. Army uniforms at the time. We think the portrait is an Ambrotype. We see a military-styled collar buttoning jacket with a medium sized white collar and a patterned stock. (Most stocks were black.) Collars got smaller in the 1860s. The dealer dated the portrait to 1856, but we think he was just talking about when we begin to see Ambros. Note that the case cover duid niot have rhe aprtuiotuic sesigns we commonly see with Civil War era cases. Put your cursor on the image to see the case.

We definitely begin to see many collar-buttoning jackets in the 1850s. It seems to have been an important style for boys at mid-century, although this is complicated by the lack of certainty in dating images. Ambros were most common in the 1850s, but some were made in the very early-1860s. But we definitely see school-age boys wearing these collar buttoning jackets during the 1850s. We note one portrait which the dealer dates to 1856. This is appeant in the 1850s portraits we have collected. These jackets were done in many different styles which varied over time, but not hugely. Here we see one of the military-styled collar-buttoning jackets (figuure 1). This was simolary to U.S. Army uniforms. The military styles were particularly popular in the 50s. We see them extensively not only in the Daguerreotypes during this period, but also the Ambrotypes wich can be more definitively dated. We also see tintypes, but these are virtually impossible to date because they continued to be made for decades. So we have to look for possible indicators in the portrait for decade clues. Neckwear and coollars are an important cues. rousers are also imprtant. We continue ro see boys and men raing psb=nts that do not mtch the jacket, espcially in the early-1950s, but by he late-50s we see more boys with suits that had marching jackets and pants. The fact that Dag and Ambro portraits are primarily seated torso shots, which often only show the jacket.


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Created: 11:35 AM 4/9/2023
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