Large antique French cotton man's shirt; tunic


First quarter 20th Century

United Kingdom

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Collarless cotton French mans' shirt which I have dyed a mulberry shade - a sort of warm soft purpley brown.

Traditional construction; the front has a bib to a band with inverted pleats below and the cuffs and back of collar have tiny gathers. Designed to be used with shirt studs - ie button holes either side and I think the cuffs are designed to turn back and also have button holes for cufflinks. There's so much work that goes into making one of these chemises it's quite lovely. UK postage £4.

Freshly laundered and ready for use, in very good condition. I couple of pinholes just above the side vents each side but they're nothing to worry about.

I wear shirts like this all year round - over jeans or leggings in the winter or a swimsuit in the summer.

This is large which is rare. Probably about a UK 16/USA12

Approximate dimensions:

Top shoulder seam to seam: 17.5 inches (45 cm)

Under arm to under arm: about 24 inches (62 cm) - does not include gathering at the back

Length from shoulder to hem at back: 39 inches (100 cm)

Weight: 490 grams


  • H: 100cm (39.37in)
  • W: 62cm (24.41in)


First quarter 20th Century

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Amanda sources textiles, decorative antiques and vintage items from France. Based in Surrey in the UK and at her home in Burgundy in France, she travels widely buying furniture, lighting, mirrors, glassware and kitchenalia. Amanda is a linen specialist and has large stocks of vintage French linen and hemp sheets, tablecloths, teatowels etc. Please feel free to contact her with any specific requests.

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