Federal Military Vest
Our vests, made in the U.S.A., are lined with 9 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 as a result (which was considered ungentlemanly at the time).
If not in stock, please allow 2-3 weeks for shipping to allow our tailor to make your vest.
Unidentified Union Private wearing a Frock Coat with a light blue vest underneath and light blue trousers.