Vulcanized Rubber Raincoat


Vulcanized rubber coats 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. Of the many makers advertising rubber goods and clothing, the Rubber Clothing Company had possibly the widest spread distribution with stores and factories from Chicago to Boston and predates the war so still appropriate for either side. Interior is stamped with their Cincinnati mark. Such raincoats and “capes with sleeves”, talmas, etc., came in a a great degree of different styles and patterns, quality and effectiveness.(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) This run of coats is sewn construction of vulcanized cotton drill, just as period advertisements offered. The material is coated prior to sewn assembly with a fold over collar which can be turned up against the weather. The buttons are covered in the same vulcanized cotton drill as seen on several documented original examples. Five button front closes the coat securely with button holes handsewn. Slit up rear seam to accommodate wearing mounted. Skirt is cut raw as also seen on some originals. 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 surface finish. 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. IMPORTANT NOTE ON SIZING: The size on these raincoats, like most of our clothing, is not based upon modern sizing models but actual measurements. They are listed by actual chest measurement of coat.  (size on actual coat will be indicated by number of stars a method seen on period clothing)  Raincoats were made very roomy (see pic #5) and should be purchased 1-3 even sizes above coat size, depending on desire to accommodate wearing them over simple clothing, uniform and accoutrement, etc., and still have room for  unencumbered movement. (ie. size 42-44 coat wears a 46-48 raincoat, etc) MEASURE with everything on you want it to cover IF YOU ARE UNSURE.   Straight side seam for plenty of room. The necks are proportionately oversized to the coat for the same reason. Sleeve length can be adjusted shorter by purchaser if needed but be sure to buy a coat with a body big enough to do what you want to with it.