Dress 1885-87 coat, helmet, medals, insignia, and more belonging to Private Isaac A. Blake, 1st U.S. Cavalry.
This is an original grouping belonging to Private Isaac A. Blake, consisting of his dress 1885-87 pattern cavalry dress coat, 1881 dress helmet, completely original as issued, Soldier’s Hank Book, Spanish War Service Medal, and Philippine Insurrection Medal, insignia, and photos.
The uniform is in excellent condition, with collar, cuff and tail flashings fine and bright in their 1887 golden yellow. The coat is not named. The buttons (mostly at the top, have been altered to allow a larger chest to fit into the coat and may or may not have been done by Blake later in life.
The helmet has the USQMD mark on the underside of the sweatband; ink marking on the sweatband “C 24″(his company and equipment number). The helmet plate bears the regulation silver numeral “1”. Note the excess cord knotted together on the side of the helmet; this could have been done in the period or later by family? I don’t know. Blake was not a big man and the cord extending down and around the front of the coat may have been too long, and this may have been the quick fix. Light wear overall, and retaining great color to the felt body, cords and plume.
The Soldier’s Hand Book was issued to Blake in his prior service in the 2nd U.S. Infantry. The two cap insignia represent his two units served in. The cavalry insignia is for Troop “C” which jives with the sweatband marking.
The medals are boxed, and numbered. Spanish War medal is numbered 27014 (corresponding to the number on the box lid), and the Philippine Insurrection medal -29694. The boxes were dated 1937 and 1936 respectively.
Photos of Blake as a young boy in a small tintype, and a photo that may be been in a passport or something similar.
I am sending along a copy of his government enlistment card, stating that Blake had service in Co. E, 2nd Infantry, and enlisted in the 1st Cavalry on March 30, 1899 and discharged July 1902.
I just acquired this group from a collection, where it had resided for a long time.
All original, and condition to boot.
|Dimensions||26 × 24 × 24 in|