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Catalog Number 2008.048.001A
Description Captain William Matson Swedish Consul General Uniform, c. 1905-1917. Black wool jacket with tails; 8 gold buttons decorated with Swedish crest on proper right side of front; 8 buttons across top of tails; 2 pocket flaps at back above tails; 4 smaller buttons at cuffs (1 gold, 3 pewter-colored, all with Swedish crest); collar embroidered with gold thread and gold beadwork in oak leaf and acorn motif; 2 embroidered straps at each shoulder to hold epaulets; beads form diagonal pattern; 2 metal clasps between collar and straps on each shoulder. Sleeves lined with white cotton with black striping.
Object Name Jacket
Collection 3D - Clothing
Title Captain William Matson Swedish Consul General Uniform, c. 1905-1917
Date c. 1905-1917
Provenance Part of Uniform For Swedish Consul General Uniform
Notes "A consul is an official representative of the government of one state in the territory of another, normally acting to assist and protect the citizens of the consul's own country, and to facilitate trade and friendship between the peoples of the two countries. A consul is distinguished from an ambassador, the latter being a representative from one head of state to another. There can be only one ambassador from one country to another, representing the first country's head of state to that of the second, and his or her duties revolve around diplomatic relations between the two countries; however, there may be several consuls, one in each of several main cities, providing assistance with bureaucratic issues to both the citizens of the consul's own country travelling or living abroad and to the citizens of the country the consul resides in who wish to travel to or trade with the consul's country."
[ 8/13/2015]
Dimensions H-39 W-25 D-13 inches
Dimension Details dimensions as hanging on mannikin
Search Terms Matson, William
Subjects Uniforms
Acorn decorations
People Matson, William