View Full Version : Looking for a vendor who sells period-correct sleeve garters

06-20-2007, 01:48 PM
What more can I say? The title of the post speaks for me.

Need 'em to keep the sleeves out of the way so I can run a bar down in Frankfort, KY.

Georgia Parson
06-25-2007, 09:08 AM
Do you have documentation on a design for the garters? The only thing we've seen are those elastic/gathered styles.

I have been needing some also and the only thing I've found that seemed appropriate was a leather garter with buckles, but they were for stockings.

If I can find pictures or a pattern, my wife can create them to exact specifications. There were some metal bands on e-Bay but I doubt they were for the intended purpose.

Thanks for any info you can offer.

06-25-2007, 01:02 PM
I have no idea whether or not these would be OK for an 1860s impression, but you might have a quick look at


06-25-2007, 01:17 PM
Thanks! I looked at GE's selection. I was disappointed with the phrase at the bottom - "These are stylish rather than functional." Quite the opposite of what I want! I did, however preuse other vendors who cater to the cowboy SASS crowd, and I believe I have found a pair which might do the trick. Dunno how period-correct they are. (Seriously, how many geeks are willing to write up a whole treatise on the evolution of men's sleeve garters? Don't answer that. :roll: ) I am pretty confident I will not get banned from this event on sleeve garters alone. If so, there will be thirsty and irate guests at that inn!

Don't have the link here now, but I can post it once I get home.

06-25-2007, 01:25 PM
Just read Frank Hendrix's reply. No. Don't have documentation on them. I have posted my question on a clothing forum. Nothing yet. Not sure where or how to go looking, either. I guess I could putter around Google Books and see if anything turns up.

The ones on the Gentlemen's Emporium do the elastic velvet. The ones I have found (and all others I saw) all base their design on the stereotypical elastic velvet/barbershop quartet/matching-your-shirt philosophy.

I suppose I could roll up the sleeves - it's done back then, it'll be August and danged hot. Not sure if that would be appropriate in a public taproom.

NOTE TO SELF: Add "Research sleeve garters" to the infinitus "to-do "list.

Georgia Parson
06-25-2007, 01:49 PM
Take a gander at www.bushwomans.com and look under men's clothing. The stocking garters are interesting and could be used, though I do not know about their authenticity. At least they aren't like 'costuming' or party garters and would not be as common.

Also, check out Item number: 330112088273 on e-Bay. They are Western style heavy leather tooled garters, but pricey. There are also things listed under sleeve bands on e-Bay but the butterfly sort of nixes them!

Good luck and please let us know if you find something 'authentic'.

06-25-2007, 04:04 PM
I suppose I could roll up the sleeves - it's done back then, it'll be August and danged hot. Not sure if that would be appropriate in a public taproom.

Here's an image of a bartender with his outer sleeves rolled up and his red undershirt showing:


Sleeves rolled down, one man with an unbuttoned vest, one without:


Sleeves down and vest buttoned:


So it looks like you have several options, and sleeves rolled up might be one of them.

Hank Trent

06-26-2007, 07:17 AM
Yes, those garters are certainly fascinating! Time to research.

Bonus - Banyans! Out of date by our time but still pretty cool-looking!

Thanks to all who are helping out!