Civil War Socks:
Thank you for your interest in my
reproduction Civil War socks and other available merchandise.
Through years of re-enacting, beginning in 1962, we never
found a suitable 19th century sock. Over 25 years later, armed
with a degree in textiles, several mill contacts, research,
and original examples; we made our first run of "Confederate
Although copied primarily from surviving Southern examples, the
socks work well for almost any 19th century impression, from
1812 through the Indian Wars. Thousands of pairs are in use in
over forty-four states, Canada, France, and England. There has
never been a question with the quality or with the
authenticity. Satisfaction is guaranteed.
Technically these cotton socks are made on old style knitting
machines, very similar to those of the period. They are smooth
topped with only a small rib at the opening, as the originals.
There is no elastic and none is needed. Socks are sold as
knit, natural color and unwashed. About 10% shrinkage is
expected in the first washing, but size and shape should be
maintained after that. We now have an additional size made
specifically for women and youth; same sock, only smaller.
Although we have incurred production cost and postage increases
over the years, we have held our price to the original $9.00
per pair, shipping included. Inventory is available for
immediate shipment and generally is dispatched on the next
working day. We accept checks or money orders.
In addition I take the liberty to mention available period fabric
that we have just produced at our mills here in North
Carolina. These cotton and wool fabrics are based on the jean
material in the only known example of a North Carolina sack
coat (illustrated in Echoes of Glory) and on other fabric
examples studied throughout the years. Fred Gaede of National
Historical Services and the Company of Military Historians
stated that the Jean 1X2, Color Mouse-Gray was "superb."
Luther Sowers of Anvil Arms made test garments and said, "It
was like sewing with original fabric."
The fabrics should be distinguished from others available in the
trade as they have dyed warp yarns and are quite wide for this
type of material. The yarn has a higher twist factor than that
found in most reproduction fabric. The weave is quite tight
and compact without the usual fraying encountered in much of
the available jean cloth. All are preshrunk and residual
shrinkage should be around 5%, very similar to today's denim.
Swatch cards and color samples are available by sending a
stamped, self-addressed business sized envelope to our
address. Fabrics are ready for shipment. The price is $25 per
yard at the wide widths. Postage is included, except in
extreme circumstances or distances.
We have provided socks to the reenacting community since 1988 and
are considered the "standard." The fabric should be equally
pleasing in any late 18th or 19th century living history or
museum presentation, Union or Confederate, civilian or
military. We hope that you will favor us with an order and
feel that you will be pleased.
Our mailing address is 6378 U.S. 601; Salisbury, North Carolina
28147 and our e-mail address is