z Sold Double Breasted Cree Indian Trappers Coat
z Sold Double Breasted Cree Indian Trappers Coat
Double Breasted Cree Indian Trappers Coat

z Sold Double Breasted Cree Indian Trappers Coat

RJT#6525 -


This is an original, antique, smoke colored, Brain tanned Moose hide DOUBLE BREASTED CREE TRAPPERS COAT.
It has been sewn with a treadle sewing machine producing double rows of beautiful fine stitches . The native tanned moose hide is soft and flexible and styled after the White Man’s Mackinaw coats of the north country. The button holes are hand cut with hand sewn sinew stitches around each hole. You will also see some black cotton repair stitches around the button holes as well. All main seam stitching was done with the treadle machine and are double stitched  (a mark of very durable workmanship). When I found this coat only 2 buttons were missing and we have replaced those.  They are the 2 buttons at the waist line. The coat showed no sign of any other buttons missing so those buttons have likely been on the coat for many years.  They are vintage buttons and could be original to the coat.  There are only 7 buttons on the coat. 3 buttons secure the front closer when buttoned to the left and a corresponding 3 when button to the right. The 7th button is a bit of a puzzle? I think it is to make the body of the coat fit closer when not being worn with layers of insulating clothing underneath.  This is still a warm coat with little other insulating garments, and it is the best protection against the frigid winds of the frontier north. There are two large waist patch pockets that measure 7 inches by 7 inches. The right waist pockets has some stitches missing along the back edge. (See the pictures.)
 The coat shows many fleshing marks on the hide and a few spots where the hide was pierced during that process. These spots have been sewn closed with sinew to make the repair. The sinew is a definite sign of a historic native made garment. This northern frontier coat was made between1890 to 1910 and likely made by someone that had done this kind of work a few times before. The stitching is in good shape for the age and I found no loose stitches on the main seams. I would say that if you wanted to wear it, it could be worn with no damage to the historical value.   How do I know it is a trappers coat? Well, I don’t, it just says to me north country! Canada or the Yukon. If I am right.  A coat like this is Rare to find as these were often used up. Great for a museum, or in a trappers collection or Yukon miners collection or even your cowboy Old West room and antique gun display. From the real north American frontier.   We always answer questions and entertain offers.
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