Antique - Masonic - Knights Templar - 19th century Frock Coat - Bristol Commandery No. 29th Attleboro MA - 45" - 48" - WM.H Horstmann



This wonderful piece of history was manufactured by the WM. H Horstmann Company in Philadelphia. Most likely made during the mid 1800's though, It is unclear if this frock started its life as part of a masonic uniform or was later converted by a member for that use.

This nine button, single vented coat features a conservative military esque collar, 3/4 length and heavy wool construction, as well as two interior pockets, an exquisite olive green lining with piping, interior belt with brass clasp and its original tag.

The patches on either side of the collar appear to be of the same vintage as the coat and feature an extravagant silver bullion embroidery which was common place in the construction of high end military garments during this era. If you combine that with the fact that the Horstmann Company was well known for the production of military uniforms and fraternal societal garments - then the very real possibility emerges that this piece is an original Knights Templar Garment produced in the mid 1800's.

This Frock is in unbelievable condition for its age. The main wool fabric is in amazing condition and only has two small vintage repairs on the left side of the waistline - no holes or pilling. The velvet buttons on the front of the jacket appear to have been replaced at some point (they appear to be of mid 20th century construction). The four button that accent the back vent appear to be original to the jacket. The jacket's lining is in amazing condition with only slight discoloration, normal wear on neck and armpit seams. The lining does have one 3" repair and 9" straight tear on the back panel but is overall very sturdy and would not complicate the wearing or display of the coat.


- Heavy Wool Construction
- Original Tag
- Military Design
- Knight Templar Patches
- Two Interior Pockets
- Fully Lined


Chest across: 22"
Shoulder to hem: 35"
Sleeve (armpit to hem): 17.5"


- Excellent Vintage Condition
- Two repairs on left side waistline, 1.5" long & 0.5" long
- Front buttons replaced at some point
- Vent buttons missing velvet
- Lining has 3" vintage repair, 9" straight tear, Usual wear to neck and armpit seams. one small tear in each armpit seam less than 1" long & two tear on nec seam; 1" and 2" long.

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