18th Century Men’s Cloaks

Last updated: Nov 16, 2021

(Women’s cloaks are on a separate linkspage.)

  • Rare 18th century men's layered wool riding cloak with velvet collar; notes mention “long falling wool cape topped with a shorter layer cape, cording around the neckline. The thick collar is hand quilted covered on the top in velvet. The interior is lined in a thin silk and wool blend. The top layer has a finished off seam, the bottom layer was never finished. The underside of the wool is in a greenish hue, outside is in a black-green color with a wine-colored velvet trimming the collar.”
  • Historic New England 1923.776, “blue wool and silk men’s full length cape with brown velvet collar; wool lined opening for arms; cartridge pleats”
  • RCIN 31955, General Wolfe's field coat, c. 1727-1759; “Dark green full length cloak of green serge lined with red serge, with wide collar and detachable hood.”
  • Massachusetts Historical Society 0842, a cloak belonging to Peter Oliver; “Superfine wool, covered wood buttons, linen thread … Befitting an eminent, fashion-conscious Tory, Oliver likely imported this example from England,” c. 1770
  • Colonial Williamsburg 1956-213,1, New England, c. 1775-1790; “Cloak with cape collar constructed of red heavy wool cloth woven in tabby weave, fulled (deliberately shrunk), napped, and shorn. Cloak is cut circular and very full; the neck, slightly gathered, is finished with a 8 7/8" deep cape and two 5" wide rolled collars (all with cut and unfinished edges), held closed with three large black hooks and eyes (later replacements). Sewn with silk thread. Thread remnants around cape, collar, and front edges suggest that cloak once was finished or bound with an edging.”
  • Met C.I.40.173.10, late 18th century, probably Italian
  • HU4001 (front and back), the cloak of General Artemas Ward, late 18th century
  • John McInnis Auctioneers Mar 9 2018, Lot 158, a layered wool riding cloak, c. 1790-1800; “Fully hand stitched woolen cloak with, bone buttons and lined in flax inner and outer layers. Very well done from New Hampshire. 43 x 27 inches.”
  • Massachusetts Historical Society 1012, a cloak belonging to Henry Bromfield, “the last gentleman in Boston to cling to old fashioned styles of the 18th century. The cloak is made of crimson superfine wool from England, with workmanship probably of Boston, 1790-1810. The cloak has a collar band with red satin ribbon to tie the cape closed.”