This is a wonderful antique IOOF Guard coat, circa 1900. It came from an old Vermont International Order of Odd Fellows Lodge. This coat was worn in esoteric initiation rituals for the incoming lodge members. It is a beautiful purple wool gabardine with gold braid and gold silk trim.
It buttons up the back with brass buttons inside a hidden button placket. It has bands of gold silk ribbon sewn around the waist and collar. In the front there is a great deal of fancy gold ornamentation, and it's lovely how the gold embroidery shows up against the purple, while there is also purple embroidery over the gold parts.
It has a medieval Renaissance appearance, and the silk panels form a lush tabard design. More embroidery scrolls decorate the hem, arm openings and sleeves.
Inside it is lined with off-white and black pinstripe cotton. A label in the neck says "Henderson Ames Co, Kalamazoo, Mich, Military and Society Goods." "Guard Tent" is written in ink in the lining.
One of the country’s largest manufacturers of uniforms and other regalia, the Henderson Ames Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan provided goods to America's lodges and other social organizations from 1893 to 1933. The Henderson-Ames Company created special uniforms, regalia, ceremonial swords, flags and other emblems for fraternal groups and secret societies. Their unusual items are collectible and desirable.
The coat is an antique, and was worn, it has some small scattered moth holes on the shoulders and on the sleeves, and some fading of the purple. The yellow silk is worn threadbare in several places. It is still sturdy overall, vibrant, and wearable. Offered "as found."
On a woman, it is a size Large, the chest measures 42 inches, the waist is 40 and the hips are 42 inches. The shoulders are 19, the sleeves are 25, the coat length is 39 inches.
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