18th Century Short Cloaks

This notebook page focuses on depictions of short cloaks as worn by working-class women in the 18th century, as opposed to finer silk capuchins or otherwise fashionable cloaks worn by higher-class ladies. The cloaks in this set of links are likely to have been made from wool, are generally unlined, and may have simple collars instead of hoods. (Pages on full-length women’s cloaks and men’s cloaks are available elsewhere on this website.)

Some of the descriptions of female runaways’ cloaks may be referencing this shorter style of cloak.

Meg Andrews 8662 is a rare extant example, dated to c. 1770: “The red broadcloth cut shorter and curved at the back, lengthening at the front, a horizontal join seam the large hood with radiating fan type pleating to the back, inside lined with scarlet sik, similar edging to the hood and front of the cloak … The silk hood tapes for tieing are missing but evidence of them.”