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19th Century Fold Down Collar Vest

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Fold down collar vest

This style of vest is extremely common during the Civil War period, but for some reason has been rarely reproduced when compared to the shawl collar vest.  An examination of photos will show that many men were wearing this type of vest at the time of the Civil War, as opposed to the shawl collar vest.  Our vest is made from your choice of cloths with a brown polished cotton backing (except for linen vest, and they are backed with linen).  7 button front with button choice of cloth covered or brass coin, and the button holes are hand sewn.  A great vest at a great price!  


Sizing info: this garment is sized in chest size, similar to modern sport or suit coats. 19th century waistcoats or vests fit closely and much shorter than modern vests and many “reenactor” versions of vests. They fit this way because your trousers are supposed to come up very high in the waist, to at least your navel or belly button. Our garments are sized and cut period correct, so they’re going to fit like they should to the period. Please keep this in mind when choosing your size. If your trousers don’t come up as high as period trousers, you can request us to add a couple inches in the length of the body of the vest. Please do that in the customer comments.


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  • 5
    19th Century Fold Down Collar Vest

    Posted by James Mitchum on 28th Mar 2024

    I had previously ordered a SUM vest and was so impressed with it I ordered another which arrived today. Two home runs in a row! Excellent quality, fit and attention to detail. Can't say enough about your products.

  • 5
    Indigo Jean Vest

    Posted by James Mitchum on 1st Mar 2024

    Received my indigo jean vest today and was very pleased with the beautiful color and workmanship. Fit is perfect. So far I have purchased several clothing SUM items and have yet to be disappointed.

  • 5
    Great work

    Posted by Todd on 6th Dec 2023

    I received my 19th centuryfold down collar vest a few days ago. It fits perfect and has become my favourite piece in my collection. the vest is made of a dark brown jean cloth and looks fantastic. The attention to detail is clear when looking at the hand sewn buttonholes and other finishes on the vest. I have no hesitation recommending this product. Great work.

  • 5

    Posted by David on 5th Aug 2023

    Nicely made with an excellent period cut.

  • 5

    Posted by Steve Henry on 15th Feb 2023

    The vest is made a very good material, both the wool and the cotton and the fit is perfect

  • 5
    Highly recommend

    Posted by TJ Berlucchi on 19th Dec 2022

    The vest came in a reasonable time. Very well constructed, and it looks great. If you’re looking for a vest I highly recommend this.

  • 5
    Great attention to detail, constructing, customer service

    Posted by Matt 12th La on 23rd May 2022

    Ordered the fold down collar vest in denim, with covered buttons. The vest arrived within the projected time frame, and was constructed with an attention to detail. One of the coverings on the buttons came loose, customer service was quick to respond and offer a solution. I'm so pleased, I ordered another vest in a different material.

  • 5
    Awesome men's vest!

    Posted by Katie Lange on 29th Nov 2021

    We were so happy to find a men's vest in linen with a proper shawl collar. All of the details are perfect.

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