Swan’s Down Vest

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.

About Gabe the Shootist

I am retired from public service, a trained gunsmith, pump mechanic, an old pipeliner, passable electrician, carpenter, truck driver, amateur blacksmith, proof reader, experienced hunter, shooter, reloader, avid canoeist, Renaissance man, jack of all trades, all around good guy (with the caveat: I won't be insulted, lied to or laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I require the same from them.).
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2 Responses to Swan’s Down Vest

  1. Ron says:

    Gabe,
    Good research especially for using in winter conditions. I like your seamstress skills.
    Nathan was at the squirrel shoot this weekend. He did very well and we enjoyed connecting with him.
    Ron

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