This Matchcoat is copied from a original, known as the Messiter Matchcoat(Ex -Charles Astin Messiter collection) it now resides in the National Musuem of Scotland. I had direct correspondence with NMS to obtain information and Images of this pieces along with a matching set of Leggings, and Breechclout. I was confused by the different information and deceptive images in known publications, so I decided to contact them myself and obtain the proper information. This piece measures 72"longX 54" wide.The base wool is Stroud Cloth,(or sometimes called Saved List Cloth) I also make stroud cloth so I was able to customize this piece. Its embellished with silk ribbon and white glass beads, forming a chain link pattern, Along with Diamond and wedge designs, the edges are beaded with what is called a Fret Stitch Technique. I could not even begin to tell you how much time was invested into this piece after 45hrs I stopped keeping track of my time.
When Robert Weil started collecting images for the Contemporary Makers book in 1973 the challenge to record contemporary gun work was daunting. Gathering material was difficult and time consuming. Few makers thought that there was any value in published documentation of their work. Electronic publishing has changed all that. Having a website or having one's work available to view on the internet is becoming a necessity. In spite of all the potential to finally have a true overview of what's being produced by the artists of today, a great deal of work still remains covered up and basically unknown. Our role is to make an effort to document some portion of what’s going on today. To comment on the established makers and to uncover the unknown. We welcome your comments and suggestions and look to you our readers to make us aware of the talented makers out there. Art and Jan Riser Robert Weil and The Makers