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Object Name Coat
Alternate Name Work Coat
Date ca. 1890-1895
Description Man's coat. Natural linen fabric with red, blue, and tan plaid. Front opening has two rows of buttons. (Buttons are possibly vegetable ivory; there is evidence of 5 buttons in each row, but several are now missing.) Round neckline with falling collar. Long sleeves with one button at each cuff. Three patch pockets, one at each hip and one over wearer's left breast. Side seams with pocket slits. Back seam with long vent to hem.
(Keywords: Work Coat, Occupational Clothing, Apron, New York)
Acquisition From Helen Batz and Vivien Batz Prien
Ownership and History This coat, associated with the Batz family of Staten Island, was reportedly used in a butcher shop. It may have belonged to the donors' great-grandfather, Philip (1822-1900), who came to the U.S. from Germany and operated a butcher shop and grocery store in Tompkinsville, Staten Island. The coat may also have been used by the donors' father, George W. Batz (1870-1934). After leaving school at the age of 13, George W. Batz learned the butcher business from his grandfather, and then purchased and operated his own grocery store at the age of 15. In 1892 he started a new business as a seller of paper and paper goods, with a warehouse and office on Brewster Street in Tompkinsville. He continued in his business into the 1930s.
Earliest Date 1890
Latest Date 1895
Subjects Butchers
Clothing & dress
Lexicon Sub-category Clothing -- Outerwear
Associated People Batz, Helen M.
Batz, George W.
Catalog Number C01.2515
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by The Coby Foundation, 2009.
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