This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 12 April, 2007.
he pattern for this reproduction was taken from a John T. Martin Contract, Made with a three piece body construction, utilizing a one-piece back. The cuff facing is narrow at 5.8" but is as found on most J.T. Martin contracts. Furthermore, the button facing in the lining which wide at the neckline and tapers sharply at the bottom. It should be noted that the original blouse that our replica was patterned after, as well as all of the others we examined had the lining ending about three to five inches from the bottom hem of the coat. Although it is speculation on our part, we believe that this was to allow for the shrinkage of the flannel body. If the coat was lined completely to the bottom, the lining would hang below the hem if the coat shrank. The reenactor should begin to notice that many modern “”sutlers” offer replica sack coats which are lined right to the hem like a modern blazer. I will state very plainly, that I have never seen ANY originals like this. If you look on page 125 of Time Life’s Echoes of Glory, you will note the Cincinnati Arsenal sack coat illustrates my point. Furthermore, all of the linings of the original sack coats that I examined were of one piece, only being seamed at the shoulders. Most often, they utilized the selvage edge as the bottom of the lining, which would serve to place the grain lines perpendicular to each other. Our speculation is that this is a production expedient, which merely obviates the need for a hem. In other words, it is one less step, and consequently, a way in which a contractor can save money. This may sound ridiculous with just one coat, but most army contracts were for 10,000 coats at the rate of 1,000 per week. At that level, every second adds up.
John Thomas Martin was born in Baltimore Md, on October 2nd, 1816, theson of John an dMaria (McConkey) Martin, both natives of Baltimore. HIs father was a well known build of that sicyt, and a private in a Maryland regiment during he war of 1812. He is descended from Thomas Martin, gentleman, born in 1609 in Hertfordshire, England, who in 1633, emigrated to the province of Maryland in the Ark and Dove, with his wife Elizabeth Day, also form Hertfordshire. The family was an oldone, of some fohte distinction in England, whose sons before and after this emigration were named Thomas, and whose daughters were called Mary. Thomas Martin was granted a deed of land by Charles Calvert, comprising the whole of Island Creek Neck, Talbot county, on which he built a house with bricks brought from England, calling the place Hampden, after the famous Puritan leader John Hampden. The house still stands, and was in the possession of hte family until 1866. John T. Martin was educated at St. mary's School in Baltimore, and then entered the mercantile house of Bickett & Pearce. In 1836 he went to St. Lois, where, with his brother, he engaged in the sale of clothing, Martin & Co. soon being classed among the representative firms. He retired in 1855, and removed to Brooklyn, N.Y., where he continued to reside until 1895. He increased his weath considerably during the civil war by filling contracts for army clothing. He became a director in the Brooklyn Trust company, the Home Life Insurance Company, the Long Island Loan and Trust Company, and the Nassau National Bank, and a member of several syndicates formed for the reorganization of railway companies. The improvement of the city water-front was one of the many public meaures that were aided by hm; the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute is indebeted tohim as one of its founders and its first treasurer; and the Mercantile Library, also, is indebted tohim as one of its directors. His membershipin the Long Island Historical Society and similiar organizations, his fine art gallery, his large charities, testified to the broadness of his mind. He was trisde married: first to Priscilla Spence of Lexington, Ky. who bore him five children; second to Jane Amelia, daugther of Robert Barkley of New York City, who surivived him. Mr. Martin died in New York City, April 10th, 1897, leaving a large fortune.