A Large Striped Work Coat: Good Wear and Repairs
early to mid twentieth century
shoulder to hem: 34", 86.5 cm
sleeve tip to sleeve tip: 49", 124.5 cm
This is a quite large and wide work coat which is said to have been worn by a woodworker.
It is entirely hand stitched of a grey/blue and white, very narrow striped, woven cotton cloth which is commercially loomed. The roomy jacket shows a good amount of wear from what must have been years of use: there is an overall patina from wear, some small stains from being on the job, and, as can be seen on the accompanying photographs, there are hand stitched repairs to the front of the coat.
Quite curious is the addition of a pocket to the proper, right side of the coat, clearly a later addition. The jacket's side seam was opened and this pocket was inserted using white cotton, and the pocket is machine stitched to the jacket.
This is a very good looking coat that is big enough to bear layers of sweaters, etc., underneath.
A handsome, old work coat from old Japan, this garment is still very much able to be worn.