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Zoave Waistcoat for the Young Gentleman c1865

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A superbly designed and hand made summer jacket for a little boy. Dating to America's Civil War era, the jacket is Zoave, the style popular since c1850 and modeled after the dashing uniforms of the Algerian soldiers in the French light infantry regiments in Northern Africa. During America's Civil War, Zoave units of American solders were raised by both the North and South sides, influenced by the drill company, the Zoave Cadets, which toured nationally.

This jacket has a sewn-in vest front. Made of substantial white corded cotton pique, there is handsome braid cord trim throughout. Dropped shoulders; scalloped hem. Each scallop has a medallion of embroidery and braiding. The medallions are repeated on the back scallops, as well. The jacket front is Van Dyck cut and there is a central front closure. Hand-cut buttons of beautifully iridescent, natural mother of pearl are early replacements of the same period as the jacket. A top quality antique waistcoat, it is virtually pristine condition. Strong and stable, your youngster can wear this jacket with confidence (and panache!) The piece displays handsomely and is an outstanding example of early American children's fashion.

Chest 26”; waist 30”; length 14 ½”; shoulder seam to shoulder seam 12 ½”. Reference: "Children's Fashions 1860-1912", Olian, Dover Press 1994; "The Well Dressed Child", MacPhail, Schiffer Books, 1999 Free USA Shipping, Handling, Insurance