Wadsworth naval coat, Portland, ca. 1825

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A naval "undress" coat, associated with either Alexander Scammell Wadsworth (1790-1851) or his older brother Lt. Henry Wadsworth (1785-1804), both sons of Peleg and Elizabeth (Barrett) Wadsworth of Portland. The coat, known as an undress or plain coat, more likely belonged to the younger brother Alexander. Originally though to be from the 1804 to 1812 period, additional research on style details, like button placement and waistline, date the piece closer to 1825, after Henry Wadsworth’s death

Both brothers served under Portland's Commodore Edward Preble. The younger Alexander served aboard the USS Constitution in the War of 1812, with the older Henry serving in the First Barbary War. Lt. Henry Wadsworth was killed at the Battle of Tripoli in 1804. He is the namesake for his nephew, the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.


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  • Title: Wadsworth naval coat, Portland, ca. 1825
  • Creation Date: circa 1825
  • Subject Date: circa 1805
  • Location: Portland, Cumberland County, ME
  • Media: wool. silk, cotton, brass
  • Local Code: A85-929
  • Collection: Costume collection
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
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