Ah, ok. A volunteer uniform. That makes much more sense!...
Glad that's all cleared up. We can stop the rattling of the sabres.
"mixed blue wool jeancloth" as was used in the 1840's military uniform.
Maybe I should have put the words military uniform
in quotes, as the militias of the period known as "The Long Peace" (1816-1845) weren't particularly military
and anything but uniform!
It's a great period to study and portray*, as those who showed up at militia musters wore everything from civilian workclothes to shakos and well-cut tailcoats -liberally peppered in gilt buttons. While some militia coats are true beauties, others are so shoddy that they wouldn't pass muster
at a school play.
Looking back at Dulcie's original question, I guess I'm just assuming that she's looking for wool jean
which was common for the period. As to what Levi Strauss was producing in terms of cotton
jeancloth -I'm clueless. I haven't seen a surviving pair in any museum or book.
-Tom*If anyone's interested in this fascinating period of er, uh..."military" history, I strongly recommend the bi-annual 1830's Militia Muster at Old Sturbridge Villiage. A friend best described it as a "reenactment of a reenactment" with sham battles, rounders games, striped pigs and other forms of general revelry, but this is a subject for another thread.