Our vests, made in the U.S.A., are lined with 9 federal eagle brass buttons, adjusting buckle in back and available in Dark & Light Blue. Vests were not issued items and are only mentioned in the 1861 Army regulations (#1632 – …officers are permitted to wear a buff, white, or blue vest, with the small button of their corps, regiment, or department) for wear by officers. Enlisted men who wished to wear vests could purchase them privately.
In an era when the average room temperature was much less than today extra layers of clothing were desirable. The wear of a vest allowed a soldier to wear his coat with the top button buttoned (as per regulation) while not showing his shirt or suspenders as a result (which was considered ungentlemanly at the time).
Please allow 2-3 weeks for shipping to allow our tailor to make your vest. Made by our tailor here in the U.S.A.
Vest size is measured by the size of your chest (#4). If you need the vest specifically tailored to your body size, please provide us the following measurements: Neck (2), Shoulders (16), Chest (4), and Waist (at belly button, 5).