An historic Civil War officer's uniform grouping of Captain Robert Hale Ives Goddard
aide-de-camp to General Ambrose Burnside
Comprising: 1) Captain Goddard's chasseur pattern forage cap, dark blue wool laced in black silk in a five band pattern, the crown with Hungarian knots; gilt chinstrap; gilt eagle buttons back marked S.H. & G/New York; front with embroidered silver and gold thread Pattern 1858 General Staff insignia; black patent leather brim with sewn rim; black leather sweatband; quilted, polished cotton lining gilt-stamped with worn maker's label St. Nicholas Hotel/No. 519 B'Way/New York/Warnocks & Co. 2) Nine button frock coat of dark blue wool lined in dark green polished cotton; gilt brass buttons back marked Thomas Dale & Co./New York; no label. 3) Nine button vest, dark blue wool backed in polished cotton; gilt eagle buttons also back marked for Thomas Dale; white cloth lining with faint stamping, apparently a Cincinnati, Ohio laundry mark, with inked inscription Capt. Goddard. 4) Pair of dark blue wool officer's trousers, the sides with narrow stripe of gilt tape lace; white cotton lining with the same marking and inked inscription as #3. 5) Model 1860 staff officer's sword by Emerson & Silver; 30 1/2 inch blade of diamond section, ricasso with keystone mark; brass hilt of standard pattern, the folding guard with punched decoration, the knucklebow of spliced construction; dark horn grip wrapped in brass wire; iron scabbard, the brass mounts engraved with scrollwork and borders. With chamois leather cover. See pages 452-3 of Civil War Army Swords by John H. Thillmann for images and description of a very similar Model 1860 sword manufactured by Emerson & Silver and retailed by Tomes Son & Melvain. 6) Black leather swordbelt with brass Model 1851 waist belt plate. 7) Maroon silk officer's sash. 8) Pair of shoulder boards embroidered in gold thread with captain's rank insignia on a black velvet ground. 9) Pair of buff leather gauntlets, unmarked. 10) Pair of unmarked roweled military spurs with black leather straps. Together with photocopies of period photographs from the family collection showing Captain Goddard wearing this uniform and carrying this sword.
Condition: 1) Showing some wear, scuffing to sweatband. 2,3,4,7 in fine condition and showing minor wear and staining. 5) Bright blade with minor spotting, scabbard with mottled patina showing patches of spotting, folding guard locked up. 6) Leather showing some minor surface scuffing. 8) Showing some staining and wear, one with partial unraveling. 9) Showing some staining and wear.