Size: 12 x 17 inches
Notes: Poster, Small Poster, Label, Unlined
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About The Posters: These three original vintage prints all feature the sack coat in an array of varieties. One sheet features the 'conservative models', as illustrated on an older, silver-haired gentleman. The other two are dedicated to 'university models', and the caption reads "Sack coats are tailored with body darts when the breast and waist measurements make this desirable." Both men are shown smoking a pipe, looking extremely dapper with their pocket square, flashy tie, and crisp suits.
According to Walton & Taylor, "What the frontiersmen knew as the sack coat first appeared in France at the end of the 1840's and quickly spread to England and America, becoming very popular in the East by the mid-1850's. Intended for extremely informal occasions, sack coats soon became working and business wear for skilled workers and clerks. By the end of the 1850's the U.S. Army had adopted a military version of the sack coat as fatigue wear. By the 1870's civilian sacks were being worn as general purpose outdoors and working jackets by many people out west. Many, many photographs of round ups and trail drives show cowboys from Texas to Montana wearing sack coats as everyday working dress.
Despite what you may have read, they are not called "sack coats" because they are oversized, loose, or otherwise fit like a sack. Sack, sac, sacque, etc. all refer to the way the back of the jacket is cut; i.e. "sack cut". This simply means the back is formed of two pieces only, cut relatively straight down, instead of being made up of four curved pieces with hidden pockets in the tails as on more formal and traditional coats such as tail coats, morning coats, and frocks. Some tailoring manuals of the 1850's and 1860's refer to the sack coat by other names, but it's the same garment. Length of skirt and sleeve, number and style of pockets, collar, lapels, and the cut of the front skirt were the elements of changing style in the sack coat from 1850 to 1900. At all times in the period, sack coats were made in "close cut", "full cut", "single breasted", and "double breasted" versions." (waltontaylor.com/glossary)