From another time, a boy's Civil War bolero jacket and knickers, pants outfit. The fabric of the jacket is a very fine linen in an off white color. A short jacket style, falling open to the hem, with a single pearl button fastening the neck. Narrow stand up collar. Dropped shoulders with a bishop style sleeve. Both hand and machine stitching.
The pants knickers, are both hand and machine chain link sewn, made of great homespun fabric, of wonderful patina. The high waist band, with six button holes, on both front and back, would have buttoned to a shirt. Set in flap pockets on either side of the side seams. So perfect for storing all sorts of things young boys like to collect. Center front seam has a finished slit for potty break. Each leg, at the hem, is gathered with a band. An old metal (tin) work button is tightly sewn, with a twine type thread, to secure the button to the band.
This adorable 19th century children's wear has been decommissioned, from a small museum, in a rural farm community, in northwestern Ohio. So pleased to have been able to buy such early textiles.
Condition: For the age the outfit is nice. One long ago tear in one of the pant legs. Some spotting of oxidation, mainly on the jacket.
Measurement: Jacket: Length of the front, from the neck line to curve of jacket, 11" long. 13" across, from the one drop shoulder, to the other. 10" long sleeve. (by the way, the inside of the cuff is lined with a band of brown and white stripe fabric). Center back is 13"long. Chest area 30" around.
Knickers: 23-3/4" long, from the waist band to the hem. 22" around the waist. Length of back seam to the crotch is 11"long. 8-1/2" around the leg band. 32" around the hip.
We can only imagine what life was like for this lad in early rural America.