Home ° Fall-Winter 2015: Major Construction Underway

Captains in the Seaport of San Francisco during the 1800s

J. M. Litchfield & Co., owned by J. M. Litchfield, was a clothing outfitters in business in San Francisco, California in 1876. The company went out of business in 1906 after the Great Earthquake devastated the City.

As of November 1886, Litchfield was a registered Republican in the State of California.

On Saturday, October 6, 1894, the Sacramento Daily Record-Union reported that Governor Markham has signed a contract, as President of the University of California, with J. M. Litchfield & Co. for supplying cadet uniforms.

Litchfield invoice available from JohnsWestern.com.In addition to the cadet uniforms, J. M. Litchfield supplied various military goods, such as the few listed below. The company was frequented by the Masons in the early 1900s, having received $7.50 as payment for "gloves and crepe" from the Mill Valley Lodge in August 1904.

Items made by and/or distributed through J. M. Litchfield & Co. currently available through various collectors include:

  • Artillery Officer sabre and scabbard. 32" blade, 38" overall in scabbard. Fancy frosted etching of a U.S. Eagle, etc., on blade. Blade is polished bright. Nickel plating on scabbard is also bright. Full ray skin wrap on grip.
  • Black or dark blue Naval officer's single-breasted coat, with 1 1/4" closed stand-up collar (1 hook and eye), with anchor insignia on each side of the throat; six buttons down the front which fasten on the interior; gilt lacing trim around each wrist of closed sleeves (no cuffs) with metal star above; bodice slit at the sides, with two sets hooks and eyes to close the slits; 1-1/2" braid trim around the collar, outer edges and vertically incurving at the back of the bodice of coat; 3 panels at the back of the bodice; lined with black silk, breast lightly padded and quilted, vertical slit pocket at the left breast, horizontal slit pocket at the right breast. This officer's coat was worn by E. J. Sadler. Printed on tag inside right breast pocket: "J. M. LITCHFIELD & CO. / SAN FRANCISCO, CAL. / NO." and handwritten on tag inside right breast pocket: "E J Sadler / Sept. 4, 1900.
  • Dress hat with soft, cylindrical, dark blue wool felt crown with gray band around base, and black leather visor; embroidered insignia consisting of a shield over crossed anchors with an eagle with outstretched wings above; chin strap.
  • Black wool Naval uniform trousers c 1900. five-button fly with fabric tab at the top to the left which fastens to a button inside, top of fly closes with metal clasp, with capstan shank on the right which slides into metal fastener on the lapel.

(Note: As of 2008, quite a few artifacts from J.M. Litchfield & Co. have been available through internet sites, such as the sabers below, which were found at GundersonMilitaria.com with other offerings at J & J Military Antiques

Sabers by J.M. Litchfield in San Francisco.
~ ~ ~ ~

Click for a Selection of California History Books, including

California History.
The Annals of San FranciscoCalifornia History. by Frank Soule, John H. Gihon, James Nisbet

Historical Atlas of California With Original Maps. Historical Atlas of California uses nearly five hundred historical maps and many other illustrations--from rough sketches drawn in the field to commercial maps to beautifully rendered works of art. This lavishly illustrated volume tells the story of California's past from a unique visual perspective covering five hundred years of history from before European contact through the Gold Rush and up to the present. The maps are accompanied by a concise, engaging narrative and by extended captions that elucidate the stories and personalities behind their creation.

The Project

Ship Passengers, Sea Captains, Maritime Nations, Merchants, Merchandise into San Francisco during the 1800s.

HOME PORT

Migration

Migration and Disruption.
Migration and Disruptions

Brenda J. Baker

Kindly

Kindly Contribute to help us provide information for you.

Inquiries

DALevy @
MaritimeHeritage.org

77 Solano Square
Suite 337
Benicia, California
94510 U.S.A.

MaritimeHeritage.us
MaritimeHeritage.org
MaritimeNations.com
MaritimeHeritageProject.com
SeaportsOfTheWorld.com
InternationalHarbors.com
ThePassengerLists.com
ShipPassengers.com
WikiSeaports.com

Sources: As noted on entries and through research centers including National Archives, San Bruno, California; CDNC: California Digital Newspaper Collection; San Francisco Main Library History Collection; and Maritime Museums and Collections in Australia, China, Denmark, England, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Wales, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, etc.

Please inform us if you link from your site. Please do NOT link from your site unless your site specifically relates to immigration in the 1800s, family history, maritime history, international seaports, and/or California history.