The Lowndes County Historical Museum’s textile collection houses a couple of items which fit into the time line of the Spanish American War or before WWI. For more information on this time period, please make an appointment with the museum to visit the archives as well.
Captain Jacket Tb 59R11Sa1
This dark blue wool captain’s tunic length jacket has a front closure with hidden 8 hidden buttons and a mohair dark green 1 1/4 inch wide trim, a choker collar that closes with a single hook and eye and gold epaulets on the shoulder with baby blue center indicating captain rank. The black label with gold lettering indicates that this uniform was made from the “M.C.Lillie and Co. in Columbus, Ohio Military & Society Goods.” The coat is fully lined with a black lining and a inner vertical pocket on the right side and a horizontal inner pocket on the left. Side seams are finished with the braid and left open with a button closure on the right side and with two hook and eye on the left side. The sleeves are lined with a stripped cotton. In the T.A. Faries Collection (see Civil War) there is an identical jacket of different size. This uniform is unfortunately still unidentified. If anyone has information pertaining to this uniform, please contact the museum textile staff. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.
Blue Wool Pants TB59R11S1a
These dress army blue wool pants have an 1 ½” white side stripes down side seams, 2 button fly w/hook/clasp closure, a 31” in- seam, 31” waist, and the back of pant leg are hemmed longer than front and are hemmed by hand. The inside lining is blue & white cotton strip and employs buckram to reinforcement the waist which has metal suspender buttons,and back adjustable placket with a metal clasp.The buttons and metal clasp have no markings. Unfortunately, it is unknown whom these pants belonged to. Any information that may help the museum textile staff is welcome.
Spanish American Handkerchief TB 55bR10Sc2
Banner from the Spanish American War depicts phases of the war. The center gives full instructions with illustrations of the Remington Model 1871 in Spanish. This museum piece was donated by Pat Brooks Jr. whose grandfather brought it back from Cuba in 1898.
This piece is now on display in the main floor of the Lowndes County Historical Museum.