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Man's Smock

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1921M32
Collection:Applied Art - Costume
Date:1851 c - 1851 c

Maker Information

Attributed to:Harris & Tomkins - View history


The smock was a practical garment worn by farm labourers and tradesmen. They were protective over-garments, based on a simple pattern of rectangles. Over time they became fuller for warmth and freedom of movement. The embrodiery technique of 'smocking' controlled the fuller fabric. This evolved into a complex decorative technique using many designs such as floral or rural subjects and inscriptions.

Presented by S Pepper Esq, 1924.

Further Information

Production Period:19th Century
Medium:Plain-weave linen, hand-sewn;,embroidered in linen thread.
Place of Origin:Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England


Height:101 cm