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Greatcoats.... A question of design
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 1:53 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

This one from Sean Phillips, who found the print for sale.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I should also point out that Sean will supply pattern drafts of the key sizes of greatcoat to anyone buying his reproduction kersey. It ain't cheap, but it is as close as you will get to the original textile. And having the pattern drafts will save you a lot of time.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all that.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thought I might throw this in.

Turtonís history of the North York Militia mentions a note by the Adjutant on a return of December 1808 remarking that greatcoats of the two rifle companies, now to be issued by government, should be green. Which suggests that this had been the previous practice when the rifle companiesí greatcoats were supplied by the regimental clothier. Several sources describe these companies as dressed like the 95th.
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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been working my way through WO7.54, the letter book of the army inspectors, 1808-14, and have come across some useful snippets. The inspectors' correspondence is chiefly on the subject of greatcoats, and throws some sidelights on sizing.
As regular readers will know the greatcoats were issued in three sizes, with a fourth (largest) size introduced at the request of the Guards regiments in late period. The papers reveal that size no.2, even when cut narrow across the chest, was sufficient for, 'a stout man of 5'10".
The stated length of great coat no. 3, in 1813 (they were shortened about 1806), was 47" from nape to neck. That's pretty long. On a man of 6' it still falls below the knee.

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