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US ARMY SERVICE SHIRT, PATTERN 1911 – RARE MEXICAN PUNITIVE EXPEDITION UNIFORM ITEM - IN EXCELLENT, UNISSUED LIKE NEW CONDITION – JEFFERSONVILLE QUARTERMASTER DEPOT TAG INTACT:  One of the scarcer and most sought after pieces of early Twentieth Century US Army uniforming, and commonly associated with the 1916 Mexican Punitive Expedition.  

As described on pages 11-12 of Uniforms and Equipment of the Last Campaign 1916 by William Machado, and shown in numerous photographs throughout the work, the Pattern 1911 Service Shirt was a collared pull over style and manufactured of the same wool as the service coat and trousers.  The shirt featured two breast pockets covered with buttoned flaps, three plastic buttons closing the placket, and the sleeves were reinforced with rounded elbow patches.  

Considering these shirts were issued from the time before the Punitive Expedition, during the First World War, through the 1920’s and 30’s, and to some extent, were issued from surviving stocks during World War Two, the survival rate of these 1911 Shirts in collections today is fairly low.

I have the specimens of this rare shirt listed below, each described individually with accompanying photographs.

NOTE:  Photographing wool material presents some interesting challenges in lighting and contrast.  It results in a trade off between trying to maintain the accurate and consistent coloring between photographs and providing sufficient detail of specific features.  Any variations in the coloring you see in the photographs below is due to the limitations of the photography and is not due to fading, bleached areas, or discoloration of the material.


NO. 1   US ARMY SERVICE SHIRT, PATTERN 1911:  This Pattern 1911 Service Shirt has survived the years in like new, unissued condition.  This specimen, correct with all the above mentioned features, is literally in like new condition, obviously never issued as it retains the full Jeffersonville Quartermaster Depot size and maker’s paper tag on the inside of the back of the neck, still attached with the large basting stitches which are sewn over the exterior edge of the back of the collar.  If this shirt had ever been worn, this tag would certainly have been removed before the solider put it on. 

The material is in excellent condition with no sign of discoloration, wear, or damage, and most importantly, there is no moth damage. All of the seams are intact, all of the original buttons are present, and the label is full form and very legible.  That this shirt survived without being issued, and in this excellent condition, defies all probability. (0426) $550  


NO. 2   US ARMY SERVICE SHIRT, PATTERN 1911:  Correct with all the above mentioned features, this Pattern 1911 Service Shirt was issued and worn, but has survived the years in respectable condition. 

The material is in very good condition with no discoloration and no weakening of the fibers.  As shown in the photos below, there is a small (˝”) hole along the seam under the right armpit area, and a small (˝”) in the right sleeve immediately above the elbow patch.  There is a few spots of minor staining as shown in the photos, but nothing that is particularly noticeable without close inspection.  Most importantly, there is no moth damage. All of the seams are intact, and all of the original buttons are present.  

In spite of being issued and obviously worn, this shirt has still survived in very nice condition, and it is a credible example of a very rare Pattern 1911 shirt.  (1103) $350  


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