Coat made of American bison hide

Created by
hide and wool
Measured at Shoulders: 52 x 24 1/2 x 23 in. (132.1 x 62.2 x 58.4 cm)
Measured at Widest Point: 52 x 28 x 23 in. (132.1 x 71.1 x 58.4 cm)
Place used
United States, North and Central America
mid 19th-early 20th century
A double-breasted great coat with a notched collar and full length sleeves made from hand-pieced American bison hide. The coat has eight (8) dark brown buttons in two rows down the center front opening. The buttons are hooked with loops of brown cording that are attached along both the proper right and proper left fronts so that the coat can be closed right over left or left over right. The proper right and proper left lapels have one (1) additional button and loop for added closure around the wearer's neck. There are two (2) exterior pockets on the coat, one at the proper right front waist and one at the proper left front waist. The body of the coat is lined with navy blue wool tweed while the sleeves are lined with off-white cotton or linen. The lining of the arms is machine-stitched.
African American
American West
Buffalo Soldiers
Clothing and dress
Reconstruction (United States History, 1865-1877)
United States--History--1865-1921
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Avis, Eugene, and Lowell Robinson
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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On View
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Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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