|J. Notman, Montreal, QC, 1868-69|
|William Webb, Montreal, QC, 1868-69|
While persian lamb waistcoats were unknown to me, persian lamb was very fashionable in the 19th century. I've seen many examples of persian lamb coats, hats and capes so a fur waistcoat doesn't seem unreasonable, especially in the Canadian winter.
|Closeup of fur waistcoat.|
I have seen reference to fur and leather waistcoats for extra warmth. I also came across the photo below of a fur waistcoat a year ago on Pinterest. Unfortunately the source website is not in english, so the only info I have in a date of ca 1880s. It looks like the waistcoat might be made from seal or beaver fur.
As I happen to have some persian lamb, I think a winter waistcoat would be a good use. Though maybe for next winter since spring is already on the horizon.
Left: Two gentlemen wearing persian lamb coats and caps, Montreal Canada 1876.
Right: 1880s fur waistcoat found on Pinterest.
|Mr. Butler & Mr. Hosmer, composite, Montreal, QC, 1876|
|Fur waistcoat 1880s|