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Wool wedding coat with gold epaulettes / Unknown

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Most wedding coats were greatly modified from it's original state as a military coat. Wedding coats were the most valuable gift from one family to the other; there were very few occasions where this significant type of gift was given. The Osage are the only tribe to wear wedding coats.

Tags: German silver buttons, gold epaulettes, wedding coat
People: Osage
Places: Southern Plains, Oklahoma
Purpose: dances, weddings

From interviews with Dr. Garrick Bailey, 2018-2020 University of Tulsa, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

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Wool wedding coat with gold epaulettes
Native American; Osage (artist and user)
early 20th century
wool, silk, satin, metal (silver, brass)
Overall (Epaulettes): 6 1/2 × 4 3/4 in. (16.5 × 12.1 cm) Overall (Epaulettes - Tassle): 2 3/4 in. (7 cm) Overall (Coat - Collar to hem): 45 in. (114.3 cm) Overall (Coat - Shoulder to collar): 7 in. (17.8 cm) Overall (Coat - Shoulder to shoulder): 21 1/2 in. (54.6 cm) Overall (Coat - Shoulder to cuff): 22 in. (55.9 cm) Overall (Coat): 21 in. (53.3 cm)
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Previous Number(s): 
8426.1783; 20684
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