From the seller:
This is a rare velvet tailcoat from the early third of the 19th, or possibly the last decade of the 18th, century. In a dark, moss green, it has a high collar, two pockets with a wide, shaped edge, short tails. There is no underarm seam, which dates it, approximately, to before 1820. The present of the outside pockets could date it to before 1800.
It's lined with a brown homespun type linen or heavy cotton, with a natural, tan lining the sleeves. There were fourteen steel buttons in front, ten remain. The wrists had two self fabric covered buttons each, one remains at each wrist. It's quilted at the collar, also at the inside chest to both the inside velvet and the lining, where there is a wide chest pocket. There is a loop to hang inside, which is broken off at one end.
It measures 38" around at the chest, it's 13 12" between the shoulder seams in back, sleeve is 27 1/2", it's 27 3/4" long in back from the collar seam to the bottom of the tail.
In good condition, with some wear, color loss to the velvet, around the edges, mostly, and at the elbows. As mentioned, four of the steel buttons at the chest, and one at each wrist, are missing. The lining has some discoloration, I don't see any holes or tears. The dark, moss green shade is shown best in the pictures not on the mannequin, it's also a little darker than any of the pictures show, the lighting giving it some white spots and fading that is not present. The form does not look to have been altered.
Nice to find an early coat with some late 18th century characteristics, and in color.
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Although you might think "Hey, it's a coat! That means it's a men's coat!", that isn't true in this case. The easiest way to tell the difference between Men's coats of this time period and women's is by asking a simple question "Can you sit on those tails?". In this case, the tails are short and rounded - you probably wouldn't be able to sit on them easily- meaning they were for a women's outfit. Men's outfits of this same period and a bit later had tails that, generally, went almost to the back of the knee.