John Y. Mason’s Diplomatic Uniform
This Diplomatic uniform was worn by John Y. Mason, U.S. Minister to France from 1854-1859. For many years, there was debate over the appropriate attire for U.S. diplomats serving abroad in countries where formal diplomatic uniforms were often the norm. This uniform, which Mason had custom made for himself and is based on a naval dress uniform, was designed as a compromise between the “simple dress” of a plain black suit and elaborate uniforms worn by many diplomats from other nations.
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John Y. Mason's Diplomatic Uniform. 1854. National Museum of American Diplomacy, https://diplomacy.state.gov/items/john-y-masons-diplomatic-uniform
John Y. Mason's Diplomatic Uniform, 1854, National Museum of American Diplomacy, Washington, DC, https://diplomacy.state.gov/items/john-y-masons-diplomatic-uniform
(1854). John Y. Mason's Diplomatic Uniform [Object]. National Museum of American Diplomacy, Washington, D.C., United States. https://diplomacy.state.gov/items/john-y-masons-diplomatic-uniform