Hallo Herr Courtney!
Welcome to the AC Forum!
The AC Forum strives to list makers and vendors of clothing and gear with an earned reputation for authenticity and quality of their offerings as they relate to a number of factors such as CW era materials, patterns and forms, construction methods and techniques, and their relationship/comparison to the actual original items.
With the broad umbrella of the Civil War Community running a gamut and gauntlet from F/M/C/P/H/A and many shades and levels in between each section, there are makers and vendors that produce products geared and more appropriate for those different Mental Pictures and levels of interests, applications, and events.
I might would suggest that you take a few minutes and review the AC Forum "list" of approved vendors. If you do not find the "name" you have a question about, it is usually not there for a very good reason (and that reason being largely that they to not provide for, or are not a service, to or for the "authentic community."
And, indeed, as Herr Bartsch shared, most all of us have learned the "Hard Way" about the "False Economy" of Sutler Row and Run-of-the-Mill, or Brand X
wares. Meaning, a pair of Sutler Row shoes do not cost say $90. They actually will cost one say $230 when an "authentic" pair could have cost only say $140.
That is because the "bogus" shoes will either fall apart, or their owner will find that he has learned, progressed, evolved and moved on in a few months or a year to where he requires more historically accurate or "authentic shoes". (If not just simply replacement shoes when the Frankenstein Boots fall apart... [my best/worst actual story is a Mainstream pard whose shoes lasted 20 minutes before the soles fell apart..]).
And now one must spend $140 on top of the wasted expense of $90 for a total of $230 when one could have spent only the $140 to begin with. (Or if one shopped on say the AC Forum want-ads, one might have had to pay much less than even the $140 if not closer to the $90 to begin with for a gentle worn pair or even new pair from someone else).
I know we are talking about dress coats here and not shoes. But, substitute ANY item of clothing or article of gear one likes...
Waster of Thousands of Dollars Himself Over the Years Mess
And... Strive to become an Educated Consumer. If I had a dollar for every time I heard a Sutler Row, Run-of-the-Mill, or Brand X vendor claim that an item or article was "copied from an original" I could likely buy a company premium/authentic dress coats. IMHO, when one cannot determine whether that "copied from an original" means 100%, 90%, 50% 10%, or 1% and WHY- one is in grave danger of being separated from his hard-earned money very quickly! (When "approved vendors," (quality vendors) make that claim they can back it up- and many even go as far as to compare their wares
side-by-side (as it should be) with the "originals" they were copied from (NEVER compare repro's with repro's- ALWAYS compare repro's with originals!)!! Or, they will be more than happy to discuss their products with an inquiring customer!!!)
Last edited by Curt Schmidt; 08-15-2004 at 01:46 PM.
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