Frock belonging to Constantine Sirian
This elaborately embroidered frock likely belonged to Constantine Sirian, the son of George Sirian, in 1864-65. This was one of the time periods during which George Sirian was assigned to the ship (he was assigned to the USS Constitution three separate times), and his son Constantine would have been around 10 years old. During this period, USS Constitution was serving as a school ship for the US Naval Academy. The frock’s ungathered tapering sleeves, shoulder yoke, and wide collar suggest that it was made during the 1860s.
The cuffs, shoulders, and chest of the garment are all embroidered, as is the back of the collar. Each cuff has an anchor, 3 stars, and vegetal borders embroidered in gold and red thread. The shoulders have 9 pointed stars in a laurel wreath, also embroidered in gold thread. On the chest, there are more anchors, stars, and 2 American flags. On the back of the collar, there are American flags and an eagle holding a branch in its beak.