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.