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Wool Vest Civilian Yoke Collar Size 42 NSSA Civil War 1812

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Civil War or Battle of 1812 Era Men's Wool Vest

Size - 42

Chest - 46 inches

Bottom of Neck to Waist - 23 inches

Note: It is important to have at least 4 inches of ease (the difference between the person's chest measurement and the vest chest measurement) to allow room for movement with a shirt.

The front fabric is a soft yellow wool. The back is made from an all natural cambric fabric.

It closes with five brass "penny" shank buttons down the front. The back adjusts with tabs that lace together through six holes (three on each tab). There are two pockets.

The collar goes the full way around the neckline and does not end at the shoulder seams as many imported pieces do. The full collar is the historically correct style. Hollywood gives the impression that the collar should stop at the shoulder seams but that is not accurate.

The yoke collar vest that laced in the back was in use during the War of 1812 and for many years afterward. Ties with a buckle eventually replaced the lacing tabs. This was the common style during the beginning of the Civil War. As the Civil War was drawing to a close the notched collar style was introduced and became more popular. This vest can be used to represent any time from pre 1812 to the early 1860's. Many modern people have things in their closets that are 20 or more years old that they still wear - myself included. Even though vests with tabs in the back had gone out of style by the Civil War I'm certain that some men were still wearing them!

Other wool fabrics are available. Much of my work is by custom order and I would be happy to create a piece to your specifications. If you have any inquiries concerning placing an order please contact me.

I personally hand crafted this and many of my other products. This vest was sewn using a White Rotary circa 1914 and a Singer circa 1889 treadle sewing machines. Only the button holes are stitched using a modern machine. My prices are comparable to imported pieces, but my products are far superior in materials, craftsmanship, and overall quality. I work from my home and my overhead is minimal therefore I'm pleased to pass that savings on to you.

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Wool Vest Civilian Yoke Collar Size 42 NSSA Civil War 1812


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: wool, cambric, brass buttons, cotton ties
  • Only ships within United States.
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