1910s Sack Coat

The Sack Coat was the “uniform” of early 20th century working class persons. The sack coat refers to any sort of man’s hiplength coat with a straight back. The earliest known examples date back to the 1840s and was the main style of coat used by Union soldiers during the American Civil War. By the late nineteenth century distinctive characteristics of this coat included a small collar, short lapels, a fastened top button close to the neck and had a slightly baggy appearance. Most work coats would have 3 to 4 patch pockets on them and would have been made out of cotton but wool is always a good option to use as well.

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