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Posted By: Walt Mathers on: 03/04/2013 22:36:53 EDT
Subject: Sig Patches & Other Regalia

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Glanced at a USA signal corps item offered at njsekela of New Jersey. It reads:

"In the 19th century, any hand embroidered insignia will be found to have a range of variation, both in detail and in size. Our reproduction is based upon an example in the Stamatellos Brothers collection, which featured applied wool flags, with cotton flag poles and gold bullion accents."

The above site in fact offers a quite crudely designed 1864 Federal army signal corps sleeve patch. The only thing they got anywhere close to the extant Stamatellos patch is in spelling of the name Stamatellos.

On the other hand, Doug Polaski captured some great close-up images of the Stamatellos example while at a gun show in Gettysburg. In fact, it was still affixed to the purchaser's tailored made eleven-button roundabout.

The patch and jacket may be seen on page 157 of Echoes of Glory - Arms and Equipment of the Union (Time Life Books).

Check it out at the public library if you don't already own a copy.

Don't forget to take a gander at the excellent image showing Signalman Geo. M. Robinson's private purchase I.D shield pin on page 173 of the same book.

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