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Civil War Gentlemen: 1860'S Apparel Arts & Uniforms Paperback – February 1, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0914046226 ISBN-10: 0914046225 Edition: New edition

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In his continuing quest to provide reenactors and museums with authentic clothing patterns from the Civil War period, R.L.Shep has recently published this companion to his earlier book, Civil War Ladies. Like this and other earlier works, it is not an interpretation but a reprint of actual material published in the 1860s.
The coverage of men's accessories, such as cravats, tobacco pouches, and smoking caps is the best part of the book, as it is a subject that does not receive much attention from other books dealing with men's fashions of the 19th century. Now that there is a rise in the amount of participation with male civilian reenactors and solder reenactors wanting to improve on their impression by securing small items that give them personality, these are the types of items that almost any tailor or seamstress can create and provide to other living historians.
Civil war Gentlemen is recommended for anyone that does not have any information regarding men's fashions during the mid-19th century. The information provided in the text will be rewarding for anyone wishing to create clothing from the period, especially unique accessory items that are difficult or impossible to find through available sutlers. --Smoke and Fire News, August 1995

This useful, detailed compilation of original source materials on military and civilian garb from the Civil War period is interesting to peruse and review; however, use of the material presented requires extensive knowledge of patterning and period construction. Reenactors and theatrical costume designers will appreciate the material and the applicability of the information for their profession. Some of the period tailoring techniques are explained, but they are not adapted for contemporary construction methods. The well-chosen drawings and photographs are clearly identified in the written commentary. This book is an excellent source for a narrow set of research professions. Just for browsing, the book will interest Civil War buffs, who will be entertained and indeed enlightened about the more mundane concerns and everyday life of the gentlemen of the period. General readers; graduate students; researchers; professionals. --CHOICE Magazine, April 1995

With the increased interest in the 19th century, many people are discovering Civil War reenacting. With this interest comes a thirst for knowledge on 19th century uniforms and clothing. While a great deal is known about uniforms, there is a lack of information on period men's apparel. This was until now, thanks to Civil War Gentlemen: 1860s Apparel Arts and Uniforms.
This interesting book educates the reader on 19th century men's clothing. Starting with civilian clothes this book includes a reprint of "Salisbury's System of Actual Measurement and Drafting". The Salisbury system details a variety of men's and boy's coats, vests and pants. Other areas covered by this volume are boys' clothing, different styles of shirts, and men's accessories.
The section that most reenactors will find informative is on Civil War clothing. Included are photographs of soldiers, illustrations of clothing, and excerpts from the Army regulations for 1861.
Civil War Gentlemen: 1860s Apparel Arts and Uniforms is an interesting and informative book. For anyone wishing to do a 19th century civilian impression this would help meet research needs. --Civil War News, May 1996

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: R. L. Shep Publications; New edition edition (February 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0914046225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0914046226
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #490,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Oscar on September 6, 2000
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This book is chuck full of engravings, illustrations, patterns and photos of the period. I have been reenacting for 6 years and have never seen a better book on men's clothing of the 1860's. The only drawings in the book that are not from the period are very detailed drawings of original clothing items housed in the smithsonian and museum of the Confederacy.If you are at all interested in men's clothing history this is a great book for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Terry on February 17, 2007
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This book has some good Civil War uniform information and patterns contained in it. Since there are very few "real" surviving patterns these patterns are helpful. There are pictures and information about the styles and types of cloth patterns, ie stripes and paiselys. Men used shawls in this period, something you do not see in photos. Lincoln's favorite shawl was a paisely which was popular in the 1860's image that. That information came from the other book you should have with this one, The Practical Handbook of Cutting on the Center Point System 1866. Civil War Gentlemen: 1860's Apparel Arts & Uniforms, contains the cutting information on the first American original suite design. That draft was called the New York Walking Suite. Designs prior to this time were from England and French designs. America gave the world the "Business Suite" during the era of the Civil War. This era launched America into a modern war, and a modern industrial nation. This book requires advanced skills and the patterns are small for the modern figure.
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By RAYMOND B DARSEY on February 15, 2015
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Great book
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