This shirt is made from hzael japanese linen and tobacco silk insert appliqué patchwork. These patches were issued in 1910 in tobacco/cigarette packs. Tobacco companies inserted items such as these to entice women to start smoking. These items were known to be sewn into quilts, pillow cases, etc.
The practice of inserting advertising in tobacco products and packaging began about 1870 and was common throughout the late 19th Century and the first decades of the 20th Century. The inserts or premiums were varied, some more functional than others, but altogether interesting, and therefore they became collectible items to thousands of men, women and children.
Early 1900's vintage buttons.
- One front patch pocket
- Four vintage buttons
All idiosyncrasies, mending, and wear are unique to the original textile.
Tailor made in Los Angeles. Dry clean only.