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19th Century Tailcoats

The 19th century saw the rise of the tailcoat and later the frock coat.  The tailcoat evolved from the 18th century frock coat, but the end of the 18th century frock coat was cut away under the ribs and the sleeves had been lengthened to the knuckles.  The collar had also changed from the falling collar to the stand and fall collar.  As the 19th century progressed that tailcoat changed with the times.  The pockets were moved around to the back of the coat and put into the tails.  The collar was changed to the shawl or horse collar.  By the middle of the 1830's the tailcoat was becoming a dress wear item.  The cuffs and collar were being covered with velvet of the same color or a contrasting one.  The tailcoat went out of fashion around 1840, with the exception of formal wear.  To finish off this garment we offer several types of buttons. Check out our button page for styles and pricing information.  The buttons are not included in the final cost of the garment that is shown below.

  Tailcoats made of linen, jean cloth or wool 1800-1825: $445.00
  Tailcoats kits of linen, jean cloth or wool 1800-1825: $ 95.00
  Tailcoats made of linen, jean cloth or wool 1820-1840: $445.00
  Tailcoats kit of linen, jean cloth or wool 1820-1840: $ 95.00
  Tailcoat (any period) pattern: $ 25.00



19th Century Frock Coats

Around 1812 the Frock coat came into being.  It was first a cold weather garment then later it evolved into a coat for everyday wear.  In the 1820's you would see the frock coat being worn as an overcoat and as an everyday wear garment.  Ten years later the frock coat had replaced the tailcoat as an everyday wear item and the tailcoat was more or less used as a dress item for the middle class.  The lower class still used the tailcoat long after it had gone out of fashion.  The frock coat, like the tailcoat, has many  different types of collars styles available along with cuffs and pocket locations depending upon on the year you wish to recreate.  During the 1820's to the 1830's the coat had a flair to the skirt that was lost by the 1850's.   You have your choice of  cuffs, buttons,  pockets flaps and their placement on the coat.  To finish off this garment we offer several types of buttons.  Please see our button page for styles and pricing information.  The buttons are not included in the final cost of the garment.

  1820's frock coat of linen, jean cloth or wool:  $460.00
  1820's coat kit of linen, jean cloth or wool: $ 95.00
  1830's frock coat of linen, jean cloth or wool:   $460.00
  1830's coat kit of linen, jean cloth or wool:       $ 95.00
  Frock coat (any period) pattern:            $ 25.00

*price does not include material cost.


 

Coatee of the early 19th Century

The coatee of this period was styled just like a tailcoat but with short tails.  The garment has the same style of collar as a tailcoat depending on the period.  It can be double breasted or single with pockets set in the rear tails. This garment was available, like many others, in Dry Goods stores throughout the country as a ready made garment.  Of course, nothing fits like custom tailoring.  As in all of our other coats we offer varrying styles of buttons for you to choose from.  Please see button page for styles and pricing information. The following is a description of Abraham Lincoln wearing a coatee when he first ran for public office in 1832.

"The election being near at hand only a few days remained for his canvass.  He wore a mixed jean coat claw hammer style and bobtail -- in fact it was so short in the tail he could not sit on it; flax and tow - linen pantaloons, and a straw hat. I think he wore a vest, but do not remember how it looked." (A letter from Herndon to A.Y. Ellis dated June 5, 1866)


  Coatee of wool, jean cloth or linen $410.00
  Coatee Kit of wool, jean cloth or linen $ 90.00
  Coatee pattern $ 20.00

*price does not include material cost.

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