Outer garments of buckskin -- coats and shirts -- have always been a basis of the Tearney Legend.
Absolute authenticity, perfect fit, painstaking craftsmanship: we have always believed our
buckskin coats and shirts have no equal. We hand choose and match hides, hand cut fringe,
custom tailor to FIT you. And we are justly proud of the results. La Pelleterie is pleased to note
that most of the "big names" in our hobby own one or more of our garments, as do movie stars and museums world-wide. And thousands of our friends -- our customers.
We guarantee that your coat or shirt (or anything that you order from us) will receive the same
care and devotion to detail that has made us the standard by which others are judged.
La Mayeur Coat
Dr. La Mayeur, a physician during the Revolutionary War, wore this coat on hunting and exploring trips into Virginia's
western frontiers. The original, which we have fully copied, is in the Valentine Museum, in Richmond, Virginia.
It is knee length, caped and fringed beyond belief. All the handcut fringe is 2" long -- there is fringe beneath the
collar, applied fringe on the cape, the cape edge is fringed, both armholes and sleeves are fringed, there is applied
fringe on the body as well as the bottom of the coat. Dr. La Mayeur wore the ultimate buckskin coat -- so can you!
060C01 La Mayeur - No Lining
060C02 La Mayeur Linen Lining
The American Indian often copied European clothing. The Frock Coat is an example of an Officer's coat translated
into buckskin. While ours is taken from one in The George Rogers Clark exhibit at The Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis,
similar coats exist in The Denver Art Museum, the Hudson's Bay Collection at Fort Gary and The American Museum of Natural History.
070C01 Frock Coat - No Lining
070C02 Frock Coat - Linen Lining
This buckskin classic spans the period between the French and Indian War and the Western Fur Trade. It was as popular
with mountain men as it was with Long Hunters. Ours is a composite taken from 18th century drawings and several originals
including one owned by Daniel Morgan. The Rifleman's Coat comes to the lower thigh and is open in the front; it was meant
to be closed with a belt or sash. Hand cut 3" fringe decorate the cape and bottom edge; 6" fringe traces the sleeve seam; the
cuffs and collar are edged with extra fine 1/2" fringe. One of our most popular coats and wonderfully comfortable for shooting.
070C03 Rifleman's Coat - No Lining
070C04 Rifleman's Coat - Linen Lining
Plains Cree Coat
Although we refer to this style as a Cree Coat (because there is a copy of an 1830's Cree made garment
in a private collection) a virtually identical coat of 18th century Iroquois manufacture is displayed by
The American Museum of Natural History. The Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody, Wyoming, has a very similar
coat made by the Crow in the 1860's. This is a garment which spans both time and the continent; it fits
the Kaintuck Long Hunter and the Rocky Mountain Trapper with equal style and comfort.
Our coat has long fringe at the shoulders and down the sleeves, fully fringed -- incurving back seams and
coat bottom as well as fine fringe along the cuffs and collar. The front is buttonless, it can be closed with
sash or belt. This fine coat will compliment both an early long rifle or a fully developed Hawken.
080C01 Plains Cree Coat - No Lining
080C02 Plains Cree Coat - Linen Lining
The hildagos of the Southwest were noted for the color and flair with which they dressed. The Taos Jacket, a short
vacquero styled coatee, is one of the most beautiful and striking items of southwestern clothing. This waist length
buckskin jacket is taken from originals in the University of New Mexico and UCLA collections. It has hand cut
fringe on the shoulder, sleeve seams, coat skirts, and the cuffs. The cuffs are also edged in fine fringe. A saw-
toothed edge decoration, accented with a duplicate wool edge, is applied to the collar, flaring front placket, back
seam placket and the pocket on the left breast. The front closes with four brass or pewter buttons. This dashing
jacket will catch the eye of any senorita and be the perfect basis for a southwestern impression.
090C01 Taos Jacket - No Back Fringe
090C02 Taos Jacket - With Decorative Back Fringe
The Wamus, or hunting frock, was a common garment on the frontier. It was worn as a uniform by Provincial
Rangers and Continental Regulars. The Long Hunter wore it into the midwest; Lewis and Clark took it into
the Rockies. Ours is of natural linen, fringed on the sleeves, cape and body.
080C03 The Wamus - Cotton
080C04 The Wamus - Cotton - You Fringe
080C05 The Wamus - Linen
080C06 The Wamus - Linen - You Fringe
This later style buckskin shirt it taken from one shown in William Cary's "The Frontiersman" (hence the name)
drawn in the 1860's. It is a loose fitting garment; a pullover shirt of hip length with inset sleeves, long
western-style fringe (8" to 10" and all handcut) and a lace up throat. We've tailored this coat for customers
who enjoy the late western period. Custer would have loved it!
080C07 Frontiersman Shirt
While the American Indians copied many European garments in buckskin, they also retained their own traditional
favorites. Among Western Indians, the War Shirt was a status symbol, usually worn by proven warriors and
Early styles, such as the Scalp Shirt from the Museum of the Plains Indian at Browning, Wyoming -- which we have
copied -- followed the natural shape of the hides. The legs form body and sleeve decorations. La Pelleterie's
War Shirt has long fringe at the shoulders and short fine fringe on the sleeves, cuffs and body. This is a true
three-hide shirt, with thong closures at the sleeve bottoms and body. You may choose to have the neck
opening decorated with either a fringed buckskin triangle or with a rectangle, or with a rectangle of red
or blue wool. The earliest Europeans found Western Indians wearing War Shirts of this style and the last
of the great warriors still favored it 200 years later. Many of the mountain men adapted the War Shirt as a
tribute to the mighty western tribes.
Specify neck opening choice.
090C03 War Shirt
This slip-over buckskin shirt is typical of those worn by Eastern Long Hunters and Rangers in place of a
full coat. The original, from which ours is taken, is in the Fort Ticonderoga Museum; others appear in
period illustrations. This is a long shirt (between mid-thigh and knee) with fringed welting in most of the
seams and a laced front - - A fine early garment.
060C04 Ticonderoga Shirt