J.T. Martin Contract Trousers
One of the most prolific contractors during the war was John Martin of New York City, a skilled businessman whose firm provided a wide variety of items. His numerous contracts included blankets, coveralls, overcoats, fatigue blouses, shelter tents, artillery and cavalry jackets, infantry uniform coats and jackets, army hats, and of course both infantry and mounted service trousers. His trouser contracts alone accounted for a total of 785,000 pairs of infantry and 230,0000 pairs of mounted. Martin is recorded as having produced clothing for New York, Cincinnati, and St. Louis depots, making his garments perhaps the most wide-spread behind Schuylkill Arsenal.
Our reproduction J.T. Martin trousers are copied from a pair in a private collection and feature side-seam pockets and the trapezoidal rear gusset common in other original examples. While it’s a common misconception that Martin trousers were “completely” machine-sewn, our offering includes extensive interior hand work with long seams and exterior stitching by machine. An exact copy of Martin’s contract stamp and a numerical size stamp complete each pair.
These trousers are also available in dark blue kersey at no extra cost!
Make sure you have a current size chart on file with us before ordering.
Important! Before ordering, read this article about proper trouser sizing! “Waisted Talent”
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