Battle of Roanoke Island Online Exhibit

Advertisement for Soldiers' Bullet Proof Vest

Black-and-white illustration from Harper's Weekly magazine, March 15, 1862 issue, showing Soldiers' Bullet Proof Vest.


Soldiers' Bullet Proof Vest

Has been repeatedly and thoroughly tested with Pistol Bullets at 10 paces, Rifle Bullets at 40 rods, by many Army Officers, and is approved and worn by them.

It is simple, light, and is a true economy of life - it will save thousands.  It will also double the value and power of the soldier; and every man in an army is entitled to its protection. Nos. 1, 2, and 3 express the sizes of men, and No. 2 fits nearly all.

Price for Privates' Vest, $5. Officers' Vest, $7. They will be sent to any address, wholesale or retail. Sold by MESSRS. ELLIOTT, No. 231 Broadway, New York, and by all Military Stores. Agents wanted.

Source: Illustration from Harper's Weekly, March 15, 1862, page 176

Previous image

Last Updated: February 17, 2012