Dating styles in 1818
Hivernants, who were year-round employees, got two blankets, two shirts, two pairs of trousers, and two handkerchiefs .
Five years later, the company-supplied equipments changed slightly.
Two cased (lined) hats were among trade goods left at NWC's Isle--la-Crosse post on June 4, 1786 . Many Tender Ties : Women in Fur-Trade Society, 1670-1870.
Duncan Mc Gillivray noted that he had 'a few cases of knives & hats' at Fort George on the North Saskatchewan River in 1794 .
Voyageurs wore felt hats, too, and they are in NWC journals and inventories from a fairly early date.
Hats and Caps Most people have heard about the voyageurs' long red toque. Alexander Henry the Elder's memoirs described voyageurs as wearing 'a large, red, milled worsted cap' in 1761 . Early Fur Trade on the Northern Plains : Canadian Traders Among the Mandan and Hidatsa Indians, 1738-1818.
David Thompson also noted that in 1786 voyageurs wore 'long red or blue caps, half of which are hung down the head' . University of Oklahoma Press : Norman, Oklahoma, 1985.
Voyageurs wintering along the Saskatchewan and lower North Saskatchewan rivers got one 3-point blanket, one 2-point blanket, two pairs of leggings, two shirts, and two braillets (breechcloths).
In addition to this, two handkerchiefs were given to men wintering in the Athabasca district, in the Rocky Mountains, along the English (Churchill) River, Rat River, and upper North Saskatchewan River .