stock and cravat
Posted by Caroline on January 17, 1998 at 10:24:23:
In response to Off topic a bit., written by Kathleen Ann on January 15, 1998 at 10:25:21
They are not the same thing.The cravat is a neckcloth, folded in various ways. A Stock is a shaped piece of leather , rather like a dog's collar, which has been covered with cloth, usually black or white silk, that is wrapped around the throat and buckled or tied at the back. The two may be worn together, or separately.
Black stocks were standard military wear, and I guess the Colonel just carried on wearimg it. but it wan't old-fashined to do so- rather formal ,perhaps, but not outdated or "old".
I would agree that the Col. wearing a white cravat would show him as unbending a bit, being more casual, poetic, if you will.
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