Shell Jacket Bolsters (Pillows) question

JimW

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Seeing that these were meant to keep the jacket/belt relationship, were these meant to have "stuffing" for lack of a better term? It doesn't seem that just the flap of them as fabric would support much, and they are open; would they have been stuffed to make them like cylinders? That would provide better support for the sword belt?
 

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On most originals I've seen they were stuffed and sewn closed. Most reproductions you see on reenactors have them just folded and empty or rather a trimmed wide open loop sewn into the back seam.

I've never tried it, but made like the originals stuffed to keep its shape and position I would thing it'd provide adequate support.
 

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I've only seen reproduction ones, can anyone show some close up photos of original ones?
 

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So, not filled to the point of being cylinders, just pinched at the ends.
 

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