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I did a google image search and came up empty.

I'm guessing it was worn by someone who attended a military school, but that's just a guess.

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One stripe on sleeve is rank of Ensign (USN) or 2nd Lieutnant (USA, USAF, USMC). Brass Button is an officer's button.

Where is the star located--can't see it in any picture except the one?  If on the shoulder it indicates a "Line Officer".

2nd Look, I can see the stripe on the sleeve with the star above it which tells me the picture is upside down. The star on the sleeve indicates a "Line Officer".

3rd Look, motto reads, in French (clue):  toil, jours, pret; in English: "toil, days, ready"

French Foreign Legion?  a guess...will keep looking.

While looking at French uniforms I remembered that the brass buttons on subject uniform were US officers buttons.

Anybody remember the sit-com, "F-TROOP" on tv?


I'm beginning to think it pays to get this dry cleaned.

"Jacob Reeds Sons" - There is a clothing label in the uniform. What military has that type of label?

Vicki, Officers, especially, have custom made uniforms for different occasions with the tailor's name (REED'S ) on a label. And the uniform is authorized to be worn.

The STYLE of the jacket is the same as that worn during WW I which ended Nov 1919, except I don't see a star on the sleeve and the buttons were a dark brown metal, not brass. The label is dated 1924 but the jacket could be newer.

Inside the collar and pinned to it I can see a single gold bar, the rank of a 2nd Lieutenant. It should be on the shoulder strap. There should be another bar for the other shoulder strap.

A requirement for all uniforms was to have the owner's name stenciled or written inside. At most military bases uniforms were laundered together and without a name could not be returned to the owner.


Are you leaning toward deciding that this is a uniform worn by a member of the US military as opposed to a student who went to a military "type" institution ?

After much review my feeling is that the jacket is WW I or thereafter, but the shoulder patch is fake, possibly British or European. The eagle is shown in the "screaming eagle"pose which is not a known USA patch nor can I find it on any English or UK uniforms. I didn't check all UK uniforms. The motto is written in French but the buttons are USA.

Beneath the eagle's talons is a "wreath" with 5 twists. That is commonly found on UK sterling silver. The wreath is only used on silver and depicts that the coat-of-arms is missing.  When used on any other material the wreath IS NOT USED. The wreath always has 6 twists, not 5. For these reasons I believe the patch is fake.


The wreath below the eagle's talons has 5 twists.  I said it should have 6 to be historically correct.  I can see that the wreath makes an upright 90 degree turn and what looks like a comma could be the missing twist...from there the wreath becomes a banner in which the words "tujours pret" are contained.

could this be from the valley forge military academy ?


Thanks for providing your comment. I looked at the VF military academy web site and I don't see any uniform/patch that matches this one.



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