Trying to identify; child's military-style uniform?

Discussion in 'Militaria' started by Spectre1995, Feb 9, 2017.

  1. Spectre1995

    Spectre1995 New Member

    Not sure where to start here, I've been told it's a uniform of some sort, definitely for a child, but appears to have military buttons on it. Is it possible this was hand-made for the child of a member of the military?

    Any and all help would be appreciated. Thank you! 20170209_122847.jpg 20170209_122839.jpg 20170209_122847.jpg
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  2. KingofThings

    KingofThings 'Illiteracy is a terrible thing to waist' - MHH

    I think that's Air Force...or Army Air Corps.
    It was the style for children to wear such things during WWII :)
    Mostly Sailor suits of some style.
    I may be interested if you're going to part with it.
  3. Spectre1995

    Spectre1995 New Member

    I work for a business that deals primarily in Ebay auctions so it's not personally mine to sell but I can ask them if you'd like to make an offer. If you'd like, PM me what you have in mind.

    Bear in mind though that they do primarily do Ebay auctions so they may just direct me to list it and have you bid on it if you are interested.
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  4. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    What I would have expected to be pants, appears to be a skirt?

    How long is it from waist to hem?
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  5. Spectre1995

    Spectre1995 New Member

    The photo just makes it look funny, they are pants, just the legs crossed over off the edge of the table.

    The pants are about 20" long from the waist to the bottom of the leg opening (hem? not too familiar with clothing terms).
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  6. KingofThings

    KingofThings 'Illiteracy is a terrible thing to waist' - MHH

    I'd have to think on what I might pay.
    I don't collect other than Navy and I have children's (boys) 'actual' navy blues, not the girl's 'sailor suits' nor variations on those for boys either.
  7. KingofThings

    KingofThings 'Illiteracy is a terrible thing to waist' - MHH

  8. KingofThings

    KingofThings 'Illiteracy is a terrible thing to waist' - MHH

    The U.S. Army changed to the Great Seal button in 1902, which made obsolete all of the state buttons, all the separate army organizations, all the separate letter eagle buttons, even separate buttons for general staff. “One style for all arms and all grades, private to Lt. General. The only exception is the Engineer Corps, who are to retain their present design. Bronze for service and gilt for dress. The design is a copy of the great seal of the U.S.” (source: Record Of American Uniform And Historical Buttons, by Alphaeus H. Albert)
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  9. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    You beat me to it, King. ;) It took me too long to find my great-uncle's uniform button and various other uniform insignia from WWII. He was a Major in the Army.

    Spectre - if it wasn't for the buttons on this outfit, I would not think it military. It could be that the pants were cut down to child size from something Dad or older brother had worn (if the Dad or brother was thin) but the material does not remind me of anything military either.
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  10. Mary Delaney

    Mary Delaney Well-Known Member

    From what I can see, it looks to be machine made vs. handmade. The reinforcement at the end of the zipper, the flat stitched seams on the outside of the pants legs and around the armholes, looks like a binding used around the collar neckline inside, extremely straight stitching, all indicate to me that it was machine/industry made.
  11. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    Does 1940s sound about right?
    The legs are very wide.
    I'm not a fabric person, but it looks heavier. Gaberdine?
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  12. Mansons2005

    Mansons2005 Nasty by Nature, Curmudgeon by Choice

    Very wide legged trousers? Could it possibly be for a small woman?
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  13. KingofThings

    KingofThings 'Illiteracy is a terrible thing to waist' - MHH

    Yes. I said WWII right off. :)
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