You wash them? During the period very few textiles could survive the washing process outside of undyed plant fibres. Anything expected to soil would be usually constructed from white or natural linen... You know, like shirts and undergarments? Besides, nothing is cooler. Most summer wear, including outerwear was all white linen anyway.How do you keep them white pants white.
No matter how ‘spiffy’ I look about five minutes in camp or woods turn me in to Joe Sh** the rag man
Very interesting post, @Mad L ! However, I'm not sure I understand what is meant by "straight lacing." Can you show a picture or two?Just a note on shoes/boots with laces; some years back I was searching and came across a 'period write up' about Lacing. It talked about most period laced shoes being Straight Laced. Even today high end leather shoe makers Straight Lace their shoes. The article stated that cobblers, especially in Europe, take offense to crossed places as it "covers up their leather work and makes the shoe looked messy" it went on saying that even today many Europeans even kids with tennis shoes straight lace them.
Well it got me to thinking so I looked into it more, and I did begin to see straight lacing, especially in period shoes and boots, in paintings and drawings.
Now comes the benefit side: most period and modern articles on the subject speak of how Straight Lacing takes the pressure off the top of the arch, where those of us with high arches and wide feet get pain, pinching, from shoes - that's me!
I have since changed all my period shoes and boots to straight laced; trekker boots from Crazy Crow, Victorian dress shoes from Gentleman's Emporium, western shoes my wife brought home from her days working on movie sets.
The pain and binding on my arch are Gone, and the footwear does look more period!
Even my Army Surplus combat boots with 'zip laces' I changed to a modified straight lace following instructions I found on YouTube by a Guardsmen who spoke of pain across the arch.
Anyway, just thought I would pass it along, sorry I dont recall the specific article that got me started but if you have pain in that area from high arch and wide feet and you cross lace like American modern shoes, you might want to look into it.
As for my wide EE toe area, I still end up taking most non-custom made shoes in to have them stretched once or twice.
Here is a couple photos, shoes and boots. The Trekker boot sits next to my tennis shoe that is 'cross laced'.
The Trekker boots above and my replica Whydah shoes from Loyalist Arm (not shown) are both treated with "Montana Pitch" (a pine pitch blend, the paste not the liquid).Do you treat any of your roughout shoes with anything? I was looking at some hi lows and noticed they appear to be left with no stain or finish, and was wondering if people treated them with things like beeswax or left them as is?
We see so few historic shirts, I think there are three from the Revolution. One is known with pockets. It’s often thought that the shirt evolved from the workers smock.On cotton, you can look up records of cotton gins in the area you are depicting. If you can find cotton gins, there would have been cotton clothing available for pretty much all classes.
As far as hunting shirts go, I suspect that at some point during this time period the capes became optional and possibly even fell out of style eventually. For instance, this portrait of Stephen F. Austin reportedly from his 1833 trip to Mexico City depicts him in a capeless hunting shirt and matching trousers or leggings.
If you look at the Davy Crocket Almanacs (published in Nashville beginning around 1835) there are more depictions of him wearing a hunting shirt without a cape than there are of him wearing one with a cape. There are also plenty of depictions of normal coats, etc. being worn, so that isn't to say that a hunting shirt is mandatory.
This appears to be one trimmed with fur.
From the 1839 one. Based on the fact that it is belted closed, I would call it a hunting shirt. Could be the artist didn't want to draw fringe on it, or it could be just a regular coat and he happens to be wearing a belt for other reasons.
This last one is from 1847, so well after the time period you are interested in. There appears to be fringe on the bottom, but lapels like a coat.
I would expect these Almanacs to depict frontier styles at the time, but some of the later ones may have been published back east, so I would rely less on their illustrations. However, if they are accurate it would lend support to my theory that hunting shirts got more and more coat like through the early to mid nineteenth century, losing the cape and gaining a tailored cut somewhere along the way, until they essentially became the western fringed jacket.
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