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19th Century Style Sweaters

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Customer in brown sweater with red trim

There are numerous examples of 19th century men's sweaters that can be seen in period images and in some collections, but due to the work involved in reproducing such garments, they have rarely been available to the living history/museum community.  We have worked to remedy that, and are now offering men's 19th century knit sweaters, made from 100% hand knit woolen yarns. 

Our reproduction is taken from an example that was featured in the "Threads of War" exhibit in Charleston, SC, as well as numerous photographic examples from the mid 19th century.  Our sweaters come with wooden dish buttons.  

We do have some sweaters in stock, please email if you need to know a size is in stock before ordering.  If we must have it made, it can take up to 6 weeks.




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  • 5
    Top quality product

    Posted by Andrew Ford on 30th Mar 2022

    This sweater is outstanding! The fit and feel are perfect and the additional warmth at night is a real game changer. This sweater is a museum quality piece of art, and while it took some time to arrive, the wait was worth it. Loose in the body but not the sleeves means that I can wear this sweater comfortably in camp even if I have to tend the fire or do other tasks that a great coat’s bulk makes difficult, but I am still ready to sit down and relax without freezing when the day is done. Excellent product and I look forward to showing it off to everyone in camp.

  • 5
    An excellent garment that nails the look!

    Posted by Franklin Van Valkenburg on 10th Dec 2019

    This sweater lends itself to one's impression superbly in many ways. It's warm, comfortable, underrepresented, and helps one really get the period look in a unique way! I've worn my cardigan multiple times at several recent events when the weather is cooler and received many compliments on it. Furthermore, I am one of those people who tends to drive to and from events in period attire to negate the need to change on site, so the cardigan makes for a great item to put on when stopping for a bite to eat or gas instead of wearing a jacket, sack, or frock. I highly recommend every living historian consider having one of these versatile items in their inventory; it will prove useful, comfortable, and complimentary!

  • 5
    an immediate favorite!

    Posted by John Peterson on 27th Jan 2019

    Knit goods, in general, seem to be hard to come by from reenactor vendors. South Union Mills has filled a gap with a very underrepresented article of period clothing with their sweater. I do both civilian and military events and I will be using my new sweater in both (not to mention just wearing it around the house because it is so comfy.) This sweater looks just like the ones in period photographs - bravo! It is just the ticket for chilly evenings in camp and as more and more reenactor men are turning to civilian "sporting" events this is bound to become a more popular item. Be sure to plan ahead if you want one for an event, they have to be custom made one at a time, but it is well worth the wait.

  • 4
    Great warm sweater!

    Posted by Zach Woods on 2nd Jan 2018

    I truly enjoy and appreciate the sweater. It looks as shown in the period photo as well as in the contemporary picture. I don’t know if sweaters of this period don’t typically have woven buttonholes. This sweater does not and I am still stretching the weave to make it possible to close the front with the buttons. It would be good to provide either or both description of this in the website write-up or references that show that this was the norm in the period. As you know, my sweater took many months to arrive. I understand the difficulty of hand-making clothing - I do it myself - but would have appreciated more communication on occasion over the long time period.

  • 5
    Great Sweater

    Posted by Unknown on 26th Oct 2017

    This is a great sweater for those brisk Victorian days. When I ordered the sweater, the color and size for me was out of stock. There was a hiccup with the one I got when the stock arrived. The sweater had a defect. South Union Mills made that right immediately and sent me a new sweater. It’s fantastic. Very good customer service.

  • 5
    CW Sweater

    Posted by Unknown on 31st Aug 2017

    Fantastic item soft wool looks great. All I need are some Goodyear rubber buttons. Can't wait for the cool weather at Olustee 2018. Fat & Nasty Tavern.

  • 5
    Excellent addition to my impression

    Posted by on 2nd Mar 2017

    Great piece of work. It is already a favorite of mine.

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