Last week we picked up this beautiful workingman’s shirt, circa 1895. It’s condition is superb, the thin, coarse wool retaining its rich scarlet dye and all of its shell buttons are present and un-chipped. The shirt features an extremely crisp, contrasting white stitching and a chinstrap in addition to the shoulder-flap, an extremely unusual configuration.
Two days later, a friend of ours dropped off a pile of old photos from a Pennsylvania estate. Lo and behold, on the top of the pile was a studio portrait of a logger wearing a very similar shirt.
These types of coincidences occur so often here that it’s almost creepy. And we like it that way.