Sorry this is in the wrong place. At your convenience, may you please move it to the Civilian forum?
A gentleman where we volunteer has an original civilian frock coat. It is black wool of a very fine weave, lined with burgundy printed wool and padded through the upper body. The stitches are 13-15 per inch, and as near as I can tell, it is entirely hand sewn, including long inside seams. The keyhole buttonholes are unusually shaped at the large end, and of the tiniest stitches I’ve seen. There are five visible fabrics - black wool, burgundy body lining, white linen? sleeve lining, brown polished cotton pocket lining, and brown wool cuff lining. It is edge sewn as opposed to being seamed with right sides together along the front and cuff edges. At one time, this was an exquisite garment.
Back during the Centennial, a costume rental shop amassed a large number of originals, and this was one of their pieces. There are badly stitched tears at the armholes, and the original collar is partially covered with bad velvet (easily removable.) The original collar and all its rows of stitching are visible on the underside. One original button remains on the left cuff, and the rest of the buttons are replacements covered in the same velvet. There are some moth holes in the lining near the bottom, and more mended tears. Three of his tickets to Centennial events are in the pocket
He would like to trade it for civilian working clothes. He portrays a black powder mill worker. I know nothing of its value, but I told him I would put this out there for anyone who might be interested in working a trade with him.
I will gladly send more photos. I’d love to see him start a trend of proper garments for everyone at the site.