Officer’s – Civilian Cape, Cavalry Buttons



Here is an item that is well documented and was relatively common during the period, and yet extremely under represented in Living History circles. This is a full bodied cape cut at the very practical and standard length falling to about the knee on a man measuring average height. (a bit longer in the back as is typically seen on period examples, the material of the skirt measures 31-32″ from base of  the collar in front and 36-37″ from collar base in back. The collar is made large to accommodate coat collars underneath so the overall skirt length is longer as it does not start at the mid neck, like a tunic, but lower at the clavicle. A cape such as this actually takes more material to make than a coat of the same size)  The sizing on capes really only pertains critically to the collar. We have made ours to accommodate most everyone with a 21″ collar, as measured from center of top button to the center of button hole (buttons can be moved in if desired)  Each is stamped for documented New York maker Jno. Hanford. A cape was a less expensive and very practical alternative for the officer, especially the lower grades who could not afford the cloak coat or did not want to carry it, and was also very versatile and could be wrapped about the soldier or even laid out as blanket. It also does not encumber the officer from wearing his accoutrement underneath while attending to duties. Made of fine navy blue wool, the same as our cloak coat, and lined in black cotton/muslin with a standard style falling collar which can be turned up against wind and weather. Closes with five small eagle “C” buttons down the front with all buttonholes hand sewn. These capes were most often made plain so we have done so for you, however, handsome examples are also extant with braid applied to the edge in black and even the color of branch of service. We leave that to you to make the statement you prefer. This item is also quite appropriate for any civilian, even the ladies, with a simple change of buttons. In my mind there are few images that strike a more classic figure than the officer in a cape. We are happy yet again to offer an important addition to the winter kit without breaking the bank.