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WWI US Navy Airship / Blimp Helmsman's Sea Bag and Working Shirt
ARTIFACT: This is a 2 piece grouping of a United States Navy Airship / Blimp Helmsman's Sea Bag and working Blouse / Shirt / Top from World War I. It belonged to Edmund J. Schumacher of the U.S. Naval Flying Corps, whose name is in evidence in several places on the bag and who is also most likely the one responsible for the hand-inked artwork of ship's wheels and wings. The Navy Blue Top is a simple wool piece with just the "Airship Rigger" rate on the sleeve for quick ID as an Aerial Helmsman. The shirt was quite possibly worn by another sailor originally as remnants of what appears to be the name "A. CERMAX" look to be printed inside.
VINTAGE: Circa World War I.
SIZE: Approximately: Sea Bag: 34-1/2" in length and 19-1/4" in width; Shirt: Collar to Hem: 24", Armpit to Armpit: 19 1/2", Shoulder to Shoulder: 19" (across the back): Shoulder to cuff: 22"
MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Canvas with rope. Woven wool with cotton applique's and embroidery
ATTACHMENT: Sea Bag: Rope to secure closure. Shirt: string to secure at waist.
MARKINGS: EDMUND J. SCHUMACHER U.S. NAVAL FLYING-CORPS EJ5 USNRF on tag; E.J. SCHUMACHER at top and on bottom. Shirt: possibly "A. CERMAX" inside, no label.
ITEM NOTES: This is from a United States Navy collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. ebay MBBJX06 LCIEX4/11 SLDIEX5/15
CONDITION: 6+ (Fine-Very Fine) Overall: The bag has no rips but has several areas of light discoloration, some moderate wear in one spot on the rope and staining on the bottom. Shirt has some wear from laundering and being nearly 100 years old, but does not appear to have any stains or holes.