I have seen several mentions of a Swan’s Down Vest. My research revealed to me that “Swan’s Down” was a very soft wool fabric used for vests and baby clothes. I found a very soft blanket material and using the pictures from McCloskey and Landry’s article on clothing from the Book of Buckskinning volume VII, I made a nice vest. It is a dark maroon color. The pics make it look brighter than it is.
This vest is lined with a cotton striped material and has a shawl collar. It should be very warm and will be a nice addition to my wardrobe especially at Bent’s Old Fort.