Vintage antique 1800s handmade natural cotton English farmer's shepherd smock coat jacket workwear work chore 36 chest smocking embroidered
A heavyweight natural cotton english former' smock, dating from the late 1800s. Noted flaws - some small marks throughout and rust spots on the inside of the back of the collar, but generally in excellent condition for its age. Full set of original carved bone buttons, entirely hand sewn, beautiful, intricate smocking and embroidery, button up and could be worn open, two hand pockets, unlined, still very wearable, a rare piece of british history.
The smocking gives the thick cotton a slight stretchy feel, which would have helped the worker to move more easily while also keeping the folds of fabric out of the way.