Who we are
W, W & Company is a business owned by living
historians, for living historians. We believe in the old adage that
the customer is always right, (with the understanding that historical fact
and authenticity will always be followed when making reproductions.) If
a customer is unsatisfied with a product however, we will go to great pains
to work with them until they are. Our underlying philosophy is that
we are here for you, and thus we put on no airs of superiority, and don't
tout ourselves as being "masters" of any kind. You will not be treated
poorly by any of our staff, and you will not be overcharged one cent for
your items for any reason.
We are not master tailors. We do not pretend
to be. Perhaps in 25 years some of our more experienced employees
can assert that claim, but for now, we will merely call ourselves "seamsters."
There are very few master tailors supplying goods to this hobby,
and while their contributions to the market for reproduction goods and
historical knowledge are great, they cannot possibly completely meet the
demand for quality reproductions. We are, however, very skilled at
what we do, and sell reproductions that in most cases are exact copies of
originals viewed and painstakingly cataloged by our staff. With the
millions of garments needed for the war effort, both American governments
accepted goods that would be considered sub-standard in the peacetime army.
Unfortunately, in the reproduction market, too few of these sub standard
goods are reproduced, resulting in an almost "too" perfect look to many
While we will not sell you a coat with the sleeves
on backwards, we will add minute details to our goods that replicate the
mistakes made by tired and over-worked hands 140 years ago. This
might include a slightly wavy machine stitch, a collar seam that does not
quite match the back seam, or hand top stitches that are just a bit different
in size from each other. This does not mean your garment will fall
apart. Quite the contrary, we take great pride in the quality of our
work, both in historical accuracy and durability. We offer a blanket
36 month warantee on our goods for any damages, (within reason), and will
cheerfully repair any problems, (and you'll usually have your item
back within two weeks of mailing it to us!) Again, this all
goes back to our devotion to you, the customers who are our livlihood.
A word about historical accuracy
All of our goods are made using only the finest
materials available. Most often, however, we will reproduce goods
which, while made from only 100% correct materials, are nonetheless dyed
using modern dyes that will not fade or perform in any other strange ways.
The colors are all correct reproductions of originals, and the material
has the look, feel, and consistency of original fabric. If you are
a purest, however, we also offer at a slightly higher price garments made
from vegetable dyed fabric. These WILL fade and WILL
perform exactly as original fabric did, so don't be suprised if your new
expensive jacket has turned a funky shade of brown!
While most of our garments are copied from exact
originals, (leeway being given for variations in size,) some of our products
are instead reproductions of "typical" clothing of the time. This
is mostly true with our line of underclothes, (civilian drawers and shirts.)
This is not to say that our goods are not authentic, they are simply
garments that have no existing original from which they are copied. They
are instead made using correct techniques, patterns, and materials. The
decision to begin producing these goods was not an easy one, but existing
original undergarments are few, far-between, and their copies are already
over-represented in our hobby.
We are pleased to announce that thanks to the
generosity of a master tailor, we will be able to offer tailored goods
on the market. Items such as confederate frock coats, civilian
sack coats, and other items will be available at a significant cost reduction
over other vendors. The time it takes to produce these items is
of course quite a bit longer than it would be for our standard fare of
arsenal-made goods, but the drafting of patterns necessitates this.
Grades of our goods
Many customers in the past have wondered what
the significance of the "S.G., E.G., or H.S." on their invoice is. These
are our three grades:
Standard Grade- What the majority of our
goods are, with all interior work done by machine, and all appropriate
exterior work done by hand.
Economy Grade- For the more thrifty reenactor
we offer low-cost, yet completely historically correct garments done mostly
by machines, (with all exterior work done on our original 19th century
treadle machine...yes it DOES make a difference,) but with hand
sewing where it is appropriate.
Hand Sewn- For only the most elite of reenactors
we do offer entirely handsewn goods. We reserve the right to accept
these orders at our discretion, and any customers wishing to have entirely
handsewn goods must order from us with the understanding that it will
take much time to fill your order.
For each item you will notice a base price at
the top of the page. These prices for the most part will be significantly
lower than our competetors, however, bear in mind that this is the price
for the Economy Grade good, and that at the bottom of the page is a list
of extra features and their cost that will raise the price of your item.
When placing an order please list all extra features you want, so
that we are all on the same page as far as what the total cost will be.