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Old August 23, 2012, 05:54 PM   #1
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Recommend me a Greatcoat (Black, civilian type, cape or no cape)

Winter is coming, and I want a Civil War era civilian greatcoat for use on the road, regular street wear and for outdoor work. ( I do a lot of contracting, electrical work, HVAC plumbing etc outdoors and it gets quite cold).

Do you guys ever wear those civilian pattern greatcoats on a daily (Non-reenactment) basis on the street? Or seen anyone wear them? Not that I care about keeping to the times but just to see how impressed people are with these coats.

The black one with the shoulder cape looks quite cool and I would love to wear it for regular use on the city streets and work.

I already have a North Korean army greatcoat that I wear all the time and it holds quite well against any type of weather but the 19th century Civil War one has even more of the cool factor that I am looking for.
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Old August 23, 2012, 08:44 PM   #2
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I heartily recommend an Edinburgh cape. I can put you in touch with an excellent bespoke tailor on Queen Street in Edinburgh if you wish.

I had one made from a Harris tweed in 1996 and it still serves every day (in winter, of course).

Expensive, but well worth it.
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Old August 24, 2012, 05:32 AM   #3
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Don't know what you are looking for exactly (price, custom etc.) but a quick google search found this.
http://www.gentlemansemporium.com/st...FadNTAodSxUAUA
Look around the net. There loads of civil war sutlers that sell or can make what you want. From cheap imported junk, to fine custom ($$$) made clothing. It just depends on how much you want to spend.
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Old August 24, 2012, 09:22 AM   #4
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Some of the black, caped dusters have snaps so that a warmer lining can be used. Would certainly be a good working winter coat. Wind and water proof.
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Old August 24, 2012, 11:16 AM   #5
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Some of the black, caped dusters have snaps so that a warmer lining can be used. Would certainly be a good working winter coat. Wind and water proof.
I love those duster designs. I was looking at Australian drover dusters and they seem to have the style of the greatcoat with the sheer ruggedness of a motorcycle jacket. Some of the greatcoats the Civil War sutlers carry are also suitable for adding additional linings. That is perfect for my needs because I can adjust how many linings I need depending on the weather and what kind of work I am doing.

What I love most about the greatcoat is that it's design has not changed at all from the days of the Puritans, to Valley Forge, and to this day on the seat of a Harley traveling at 70 mph on a blustery day. If it worked in those brutal and vicious New England winters, and Valley Forge, it is gonna work today.

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I heartily recommend an Edinburgh cape. I can put you in touch with an excellent bespoke tailor on Queen Street in Edinburgh if you wish.

I had one made from a Harris tweed in 1996 and it still serves every day (in winter, of course).

Expensive, but well worth it
Thanks, however, that cape does not really suit what I want though. If they build greatcoats and Australian-style drover longcoats, I will look into it. Send me an IM if they have these services.
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Old August 24, 2012, 08:01 PM   #6
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I have one of these for when we have ice storms coming down, very toasty and warm.

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/c....aspx?a=585812
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Old August 30, 2012, 09:31 AM   #7
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Among this outfit's many coat offerings is a civilian great coat which can be made to order, a civilian frock coat and a British great coat from the Napoleonic era:

http://leatherpace.com/civil-war-pro...reat-coat.html

http://leatherpace.com/civil-war-pro...rock-coat.html

http://leatherpace.com/civil-war-pro...ic-period.html
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Old August 30, 2012, 09:48 AM   #8
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Frances at Ft. Downing Trading Co. has made a lot of my 18th century clothes. She does a nice caped sleeveless great coat.

http://www.fortdowning.com/CoatsAndHats.htm

Also Flying Canoe Traders has a fantastic caped great coat

http://www.flyingcanoetraders.com/co...oque=4&Prod=18
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