Vulcanized Rubber Mid-Length Cape


This was a very popular style during the period which was designed to fall about the knee or just above –  these are functional and practical. The approximate length of the skirt on the back seam is 38-39″. Made of vulcanized cotton drill, just as period advertisements offered, with a fold over collar which can be turned up against the weather. (based upon period advertisement there should be much more rubberized drill seen in reproduction products and clothing to be properly proportioned in period industry representation) Sewn construction with hand sewn button holes and vulcanize rubber covered buttons with tin back. Five button front which extends down to just below the waist closes the cape securely but also allows for wearing mounted. Skirt is hemmed. No sleeve or arm holes in pattern – as seen in period advertisement. Vulcanized rubber capes were made by many different manufacturers during the pre-war and wartime period as evidenced by the many advertisements for such goods extant. Worn extensively by civilian and military alike – a cottage industry for them was built from the Wide Awake movement alone. Of course, these capes could be worn by the ladies as well. (as an excellent single source on the subject we are happy to recommend Mike Woshner’s “India-Rubber and Gutta-Percha in the Civil War Era) Of the many makers advertising the product, the Rubber Clothing Company had possibly the widest spread distribution with stores and factories from Chicago to Boston, predating the war so still appropriate for either side. Interior is stamped with their Cincinnati mark. Our vulcanized rubber cotton drill material is made with a process much closer to the period method than most modern rubberized material. It involves some manual labor resulting in occasional minor variations in finished surface. It is vulcanized, not merely painted and the result is the closest thing we have seen when compared to  original examples, period photos, and descriptions from military and civilian trial reports. CAPE SIZING INFORMATION: These are full capes and could accommodate nearly any size chest. The sizing is based upon the neck – but remember they are oversized to accommodate being worn over the coat and some accoutrements. Actual neck measurements are appr: 20″, 21″, and 22″, indicated on the vest by stars, a common period size indicating method. These capes  involve a little less labor than the raincoats, but actually takes more vulcanized material to make one. I have personally used one in the field and have had many positive reports from others who have also done so.