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Hunting shirts also called "rifle shirts" or "rifle frocks" were universally worn from the mid-1700s until the second quarter of the 1800s, after which they gradually went out of style. They were usually made of linen and were a highly practical garment. It retained warmth in cool weather, was comfortable in hot weather, and could be easily washed in any stream or pond. Cheap and simple to make, they found favor with General Washington himself, who at one time ordered 10,000 of them to be made for the Continental Army. Each hunting frock was similar and cut along the same lines, but each was a bit different and reflected the owner's particular tastes.  A collar was usually attached to the body of the frock and they could also have regular or puckered sleeves. Either pull over or wraparound, the hunting frock was totally utilitarian. The hunting frocks were dyed a variety of colors with white, brown, and grey being the most common and often the fringe would be dyed a contrasting shade. The amount of fringe was up to the wearer's particular fancy.  The average rock would have a fringe around the bottom, but sometimes the wearer chooses to leave off the bottom fringe.

This high-quality Colonial Period Hunting Frock can be used for historical school events, play, or simply a fun day of exploring the mountains and wilderness at the turn of the century. Made with pride and care right in the United States.