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image of Zoar Man's Hat, Boots and Coat Zoar Man's Hat, Boots and Coat
Rendered by Fritz Boehmer (artist), c. 1937
watercolor, graphite, and pen and ink on paperboard
overall: 53.5 x 45.3 cm (21 1/16 x 17 13/16 in.) Original IAD Object: 40" long
Index of American Design
1943.8.3843
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From the Tour: Costumes from the Index of American Design
Object 16 of 26

Men's clothing of the mid-nineteenth century has the simplicity of style to which we are accustomed today. This coat and hat, dated about 1840, were made for Joseph Bimmler, founder of the Zoar Society, a religious community in Ohio. The coat of darkblue broadcloth was made in the community sewing house. The hat, called a "Beaver" or tall hat, has a label inside indicating that it was made by E. Brown in Philadelphia.

The boots, dated about 1870, are from the Zoar Society's boot shop. During the second half of the nineteenth century, boots and shoes were made on wooden forms called "lasts," which were shaped for the left and right feet. Such forms are used for making shoes today.

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