Coat tails

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    Im putting together a mid-to last half eighteenth century coat. Looking through paintings I don’t see civilians with coat tails folded up as was common for military. Of course a private didn’t get the option to take off his coat when it was warm, so could fold up the tail.
    Any one know of civilians folding up coat tails?
     
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    The turnback of the skirts of a coat was pretty much of a military fashion.
     
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    Don't forget excepting for the "very respectable", it was acceptable to go about in a waistcoat, OR a sleeved waistcoat.

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    In 2017, the Saint Louis Art Museum had a showing titled the Reign of Men's Clothes covering 300 years of men's fashion. Here are a few of the pictures from the 18th and 19th century. You will see the coats being cut back so there is no full skirt of tails.

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    I think you may enjoy these photos from the exhibit.

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    The only military clothes in the exhibition were that of an officer. Note: his skirts were cut away and not turned back.
     
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    Well I’ve been going on line to find paintings and cartoons from eighteenth century and don’t see any civilians with tails folded up. I don’t see a lot of museum coats with buttons for it, but a few do, but that could be decorative. Some don’t seem to have a button hole in the skirt at all.
     
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    My (British) regimental coat has the traditional hooks for the turn backs. No buttonholes. Not sure about the French coats.
     

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