Frock Suit

Tom Murphy, Collector of the Port of New York

Tom MurphyThis is a portrait that has been in my wife's family of her great-great-grandfather, Thomas Murphy, Collector of the Port of New York and an intimate of President Grant.

Black Wool Frock Coat

A black wool early 20th Century wool frock coat.

Young Man with an Open Vest

Image This young man in a frock coat has his vest buttons undone in a style typical of the 1860s.

The tendency to leave vest buttons unbuttoned was widespread in the 1860s, along with baggy clothes, unkempt hair and sloppy ties. It was all part of a notion that if a man spent too much time on his appearance, it indicated a shallowness of character.

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