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Sunday, 9 July 2017

The Ulster Overcoat.

Zephyrinus models his latest acquisition from the local Market Stall; The Ulster Overcoat.
Date: January 1903.
Source: Men's Fashion Illustration from "The Turn of the Century".
Reprint by Dover Publications, 1990. ISBN 0-486-26353-3.
Originally published New York : Jno Mitchell Co. 1910.
Author: Unknown.
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The following Text is from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia.

The Ulster was originally a Victorian working daytime overcoat, with a Cape and sleeves. It is often seen in period productions of Victorian novels, such as those of Charles Dickens and was referred to in the Sherlock Holmes stories "A Study In Scarlet", "The Sign of the Four", "A Scandal in Bohemia", "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" and "The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor".

Often made of hard-wearing fabrics, such as herringbones or tweeds, it was not a formal coat at the time, though in the 21st-Century a Cape would be seen as such. After The Edwardian period, it lost its Cape, and continued to be used as a heavy-duty overcoat, often in a double-breasted style.

A lightweight version of this coat is called an Ulsterette.

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