Indigenous jacket from 1850s Canada turns up in a vintage shop in Barnsley

Indigenous jacket from 1850s Canada turns up in a vintage shop in Barnsley
Canada Jacket
Few similar items exist anywhere in the world (Picture: Glass Onion Vintage/SWNS)

A jacket thought to be more than 170 years old has turned up in a Barnsley vintage shop.

It is believed indigenous tribes from western Canada made it in the 1850s, probably by someone from the Métis or Cree nations.

The jacket made its way to the Glass Onion vintage warehouse after travelling thousands of miles from the US during one of the store’s regular imports.

Expert vintage graders could tell it was special and uploaded footage of it to TikTok, where people guessed its likely background.

Glass Onion’s head of marketing, Alice Leadbetter, said the jacket ‘stood out’ as soon as she saw it, especially because it was in such ‘great condition’.

This rare Indigenous Canadian jacket believed to be more than 170 years old has turned up at a vintage clothing warehouse in the UK. See SWNS story SWLNjacket. The brown fringe jacket arrived at the Glass Onion vintage warehouse in Barnsley, South Yorks,. after it was brought to the UK from a clothing bale from America. It is believed that the jacket was made in the 1850s by someone in one of the M?tis or Cree indigenous nations in western Canada. Alice Leadbetter, 27, the shop's head of marketing, said the item of clothing is in 'great condition' and 'instantly stood out' to her as soon as she saw it.
The jacket is extraordinarily well preserved considering its age (Picture: Glass Onion Vintage/SWNS)
This rare Indigenous Canadian jacket believed to be more than 170 years old has turned up at a vintage clothing warehouse in the UK. See SWNS story SWLNjacket. The brown fringe jacket arrived at the Glass Onion vintage warehouse in Barnsley, South Yorks,. after it was brought to the UK from a clothing bale from America. It is believed that the jacket was made in the 1850s by someone in one of the M?tis or Cree indigenous nations in western Canada. Alice Leadbetter, 27, the shop's head of marketing, said the item of clothing is in 'great condition' and 'instantly stood out' to her as soon as she saw it.
Details from the materials and stitching provide clues to the jacket’s background (Picture: Glass Onion Vintage/SWNS)
This rare Indigenous Canadian jacket believed to be more than 170 years old has turned up at a vintage clothing warehouse in the UK. See SWNS story SWLNjacket. The brown fringe jacket arrived at the Glass Onion vintage warehouse in Barnsley, South Yorks,. after it was brought to the UK from a clothing bale from America. It is believed that the jacket was made in the 1850s by someone in one of the M?tis or Cree indigenous nations in western Canada. Alice Leadbetter, 27, the shop's head of marketing, said the item of clothing is in 'great condition' and 'instantly stood out' to her as soon as she saw it.
It is believed to have been made by indigenous tribes from western Canada (Picture: Glass Onion Vintage / SWNS)
This rare Indigenous Canadian jacket believed to be more than 170 years old has turned up at a vintage clothing warehouse in the UK. See SWNS story SWLNjacket. The brown fringe jacket arrived at the Glass Onion vintage warehouse in Barnsley, South Yorks,. after it was brought to the UK from a clothing bale from America. It is believed that the jacket was made in the 1850s by someone in one of the M?tis or Cree indigenous nations in western Canada. Alice Leadbetter, 27, the shop's head of marketing, said the item of clothing is in 'great condition' and 'instantly stood out' to her as soon as she saw it.
The jacket has been dated to the 1850s, making it around 170 years old (Picture: Glass Onion Vintage / SWNS)
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‘It’s a piece of history. I wish it could speak and tell the story it’s been on to arrive at our warehouse in Barnsley,’ she said.

‘There are not many pieces which still exist like this in the world today.’

The Glass Onion feel strongly that the jacket should be returned from Barnsley back to representatives of the community that originally made it.


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