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#032: 1804 U.S. Army Issue Artillery Coat $33.00 (US dollars)

This shell pattern may be used for military patterns circa 1796-1809. This includes patterns for the Lewis and Clark bicentennial celebrations. The pattern is based on U.S. Army correspondence between 1803-1805 from the National Archives as well as garments and drafting systems.

The pattern contains historical notes by Robert G. Stone describing the 1804 artillery coat as well as how to adapt the pattern for use in making a Lewis and Clark private's coat.

The pattern also contains illustrated instructions for hand stitches that are typical of early 19th century tailoring. Saundra Ros Altman has written and illustrated the sewing and fitting instructions.

This pattern is available in army issue sizes 1 [35], 2 [37] and 3 [39] and modern sizes 4 [41], 5 [43], 6 [45], 7 [47], 8 [49], 9 [50], 10 [52], 11 [54], and 12 [56]. Of 54 inch wool cloth: Sizes 1 through 3 require 2 Yds.; 4 through 6 require 2-1/4 Yds.; 7 and 8 require 2-3/4 Yds.; 9 through 12 require 3-1/8 Yds.

Fabric Supplier: James Kochan of Mars Publishing. Henry Cooke IV highly recommends James Kochan's cloth. Henry Cooke IV has been studying 18th and 19th century clothing and making historical reproductions for museums and historical sites for twenty years, first under the Sign of the Peacock and now doing business as Historical Costume Services. He states, "This is the best and most faithful reproduction cloth to create accurate reproductions." He is, "Pleased to offer these exceptional woolens to living historians who want to bring their intrepretation to the highest level." To order a sample card of the colors contact either James Kochan at: or Henry Cooke at: or call (781)963-9645.

Appropriate late 18th and early 19th century buttons, tapes and laces can be ordered from: Wm. Booth, Draper, 2115 Ramada Dr., Racine, WI 53406. Phone: (262) 886-9133,

Lewis & Clark Book: Tailor Made, Trail Worn authored by Bob More and illustrated by Michael Haynes. The publishers are Far Country Press in Helena, Montana. To order a copy call (800) 821-3874.

Acknowledgements: Special thanks to Stephen Osman and William Brown III for sharing all their research, Bob Moore and Mike Haynes for their generous support, Fritz and Kathleen Kannik, Henry Cooke IV, James Kochan, Edward Maeder at Historic Deerfield, Shelly Foote at the NMAH, Kristina Haugland at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Rob Lukens at the Chester County Historical Society, Jan Livingston at the Wayne County Historical Museum and all the people who patiently tried on test muslins for fit.

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