18th Century Men’s Cloaks

(Women’s cloaks are on a separate linkspage.)

  • Rare 18th century men's layered wool riding cloak with velvet collar; notes mention “long falling wool cape topped with a shorter layer cape, cording around the neckline. The thick collar is hand quilted covered on the top in velvet. The interior is lined in a thin silk and wool blend. The top layer has a finished off seam, the bottom layer was never finished. The underside of the wool is in a greenish hue, outside is in a black-green color with a wine-colored velvet trimming the collar.”
  • Historic New England 1923.776, “blue wool and silk men’s full length cape with brown velvet collar; wool lined opening for arms; cartridge pleats”
  • RCIN 31955, General Wolfe's field coat, c. 1727-1759; “Dark green full length cloak of green serge lined with red serge, with wide collar and detachable hood.”
  • Colonial Williamsburg 1956-213,1, New England, c. 1775-1790; “Cloak with cape collar constructed of red heavy wool cloth woven in tabby weave, fulled (deliberately shrunk), napped, and shorn. Cloak is cut circular and very full; the neck, slightly gathered, is finished with a 8 7/8" deep cape and two 5" wide rolled collars (all with cut and unfinished edges), held closed with three large black hooks and eyes (later replacements). Sewn with silk thread. Thread remnants around cape, collar, and front edges suggest that cloak once was finished or bound with an edging.”
  • HU4001 (front and back), the cloak of General Artemas Ward, late 18th century