Hickory cloth is a soft but sturdy striped twill cotton denim of about five oz. weight. From the 1920's to the 50's it was used for carpenter and railroad workers overalls The cloth is woven with small brown and white, blue and white and occasionally red and white stripes and some checks. In the 1800's this cloth could be woven at home on weighted looms and was a common chore for the youngsters. There are many mentions of hickory shirts. I've also seen jackets and pants mentioned. The nature of this cloth as its being used by the poor and its hard use by laborors leaves no examples for the researchers of today. Now my question is has anyone seen original items made of this cloth that dates pre Civil War? Here is one photo in The Photographic History of the Civil War, Forts and Artillery, by Robert Sampson Lanier, pg. 159. There may be more.
Regards, Sam Haywood