Clothing Guidelines

NEW APPLICANTS/RECRUITS

Probationary status for 1 year, then become regular members with the power to vote.
Your kit needs to be pretty much complete.
Any dues must be current.
You need to be a member of the BAR if you wish to do any BAR events.

HATS AND CAPS

When recreating a member of the Fifth Battalion of the Cumberland County Militia, choose from any of following documented hat styles for the Revolutionary War period.

BRIMMED HATS

Brimmed hats should be made of black, dark brown, gray wool or fur felt and having a low crown approximately 4″ tall.  The edge can be trimmed in black, white or left untrimmed.  If attaching a cockade, it should be of black ribbon.  Feathers worn in the hat should be from birds native to Pennsylvania (turkey, grouse, etc.)  A bucktail or a squirrel tail may also be worn.

A round hat, (Rifleman’s Hat) left side turned up.

A cocked hat, (Tricorn Hat) turned up on three sides.

A fantail hat, only the back of the hat up.

A flat brim, the hat brim is in the natural state, uncocked.

CAPS

The knit cap, (Liberty Cap).  Made of knitted wool with a rolled bottom and a hanging tassel, the cap is long enough to allow the top half to flop over.

The Canadian cap is made of four equal pieces of wool cloth and having a fur trim band the whole way around it.  This fur was raccoon or fox, sometimes attaching the tail to the back of the hat.

A cloth workman’s cap usually made of linen.

NECKWEAR

Neckwear should be cotton, linen or silk.  Check or stripe patterns should be woven.

A black or white neck stock.

A neck scarf (approximately 36 to 41 inches square) of a solid, check or stripe material.

SHIRTS

A 1770’s period style shirt made of linen, cotton, a linen and cotton blend or wool may be worn.  White or off white was very common.  Solid colors and woven checks and stripes are also acceptable provided the color and weave approximates that of the 18th century.

WAISTCOATS:  SLEEVELESS, SLEEVED

Waistcoats may be sleeved or sleeveless of the style and cut of the 1770’s.

Wool, cotton or linen.

Solid color or woven stripe cloth.

BREECHES AND TROUSERS

Both breeches and trousers were worn in the beginning of the Revolutionary War.  Both should be of a fall front, of a cut and style correct to the 1770’s period.

BREECHES

Cotton, linen, wool or buckskin.

TROUSERS

Cotton or linen.

May be dyed to match a rifle frock if desired.

OVERALLS

Overalls were issued in 1776 and may be worn at any event set in the year 1776 or later.

Material should be white, off-white or of a pillow ticking stripe and made of linen, cotton or wool.

STOCKINGS

Over the knee stockings of wool or cotton in period color and weave.  When wearing trousers or overalls, a mid-calf wool stocking that looks period in color and style may also be worn.

GAITERS

Full gaiters may be worn with a rifle frock or civilian clothing.

Black or woven stripe (pillow ticking) canvas and dark colored wool are appropriate material for gaiters.

LEGGINS

Leggins should be worn with a rifle frock, wagoneer’s shirt or civilian clothing.

Wool:  center seam or side seam style of medium weight wool, with or without the to insert.

Leather:  center seam or side seam leather leggins of a natural brain tanned color or of a darker shade of brown with or without a toe insert.

Footwear

18th century style shoes or boots are appropriate.

Shoes may be buckled with 18th century style buckles or tied.

Moccasins may be center seam, Ligonier or pucker-toe eastern woodland.

RIFLE FROCKS AND CIVILIAN COATS

A long, knee  length, pullover shirt made of off-white, natural or a solid color cotton, linen or wool is correct.  This shirt had cuffs and a collar that buttoned with one or two buttons.  The shirt was not worn by itself but rather as protection over a waistcoat or other period shirt.

GARTERS

Garters for holding up stockings or gaiters should be of leather in brown or black with a buckle.  Garters for holding up leggins should be of the same style.

BELTS

A leather belt (approximately one and one half to three inches in width) and a buckle (hand forged or a brass 18th century style) may be worn with a rifle frock or wagoneer’s shirt.  A woven sash of cotton, linen or wool may also be worn around the waist with a rifle frock or wagoneer’s shirt.

BUTTONS

Buttons should be made of pewter, bone, antler, horn, brass, wood or cloth covered in a 1770’s style.  Black leather buttons can also be worn on gaiters.

NOT ACCEPTABLE

Because no documentation has been found to support the following items being worn by people from Lancaster County during the American Revolution, the following are not acceptable:

Earrings, trade silver, feathers in the hair, breech cloths, beaded necklaces, beaded bracelets and head scarves.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS

A sleeved or sleeveless waistcoat, rifle frock or wagoneer’s shirt should be worn over a shirt at all times.