Forensic Fashion
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>Costume Studies
>>1776 Anglo-Am. gentleman
Subject: gentleman officer
Culture: Colonial-Revolutionary Anglo-American
Setting: 13 Colonies, American Revolution, North America 18thc
Object: accessories


* Hambucken/Payson 2011 p23
"Cocked Hat  Men and women almost always wore hats.  For men, broad-brimmed beaver felt hats were the most fashionable type.  The habit of cocking hats on one, two, or three sides developed among the upper class as etiquette dictated that hats be held in hand in many formal circumstances.  In an army without uniforms, colored cockades were often used to distinguish officers and functionaries."

​* Kalman 1993 p22-23
"Men's hats were quite basic.  Cocked hats were made of felt and came in brown or black.  They were the most popular hats of the eighteenth century.  The tricorne was a three-cornered cocked hat."


* Hambucken/Payson 2011 p44
"Spectacles  Only the wealthy could afford eyeglasses; others had to make do with whatever vision impairment might afflict them.  Glasses were rarely made to order.  Shoppers picked from a limited selection of ready-made glasses that were usually imported from Europe.  Early eyeglasses were constructed with loops through which a ribbon was threaded, then tied behind the head."


* Kalman 1993 p22
"Most eighteenth century men wore neckwear.  A cravat was a linen scarf wrapped around the neck and tied at the front.  The stock, another type of neckwear, was a high neckband fastened at the back of the neck.  It made a plain shirt look fancy and fashionable.  The stock was sometimes worn with a black tie called a solitaire."

* Hambucken/Payson 2011 p20
"Neckerchief  All men wore some sort of neck cloth, ranging from the upscale cravat adorned with ruffles or lace to the working-class neckerchief, a square of lightweight linen or cotton wrapped around the neck and loosely tied in fron with a simple knot."