For this week’s What’s New Wednesday feature, we have this cool looking mystery box! Is it Pandora’s box? Its actually called a collar box, designed for storing your shirt collar.
Men’s historical fashion albeit is not as familiar to most folks as women’s fashion of the last 1800’s to early 1900’s. Clothing was hand made back then, which included men’s shirts, collars and cuffs.
Because clothing was hand made, that made it more expensive. Men would wear undershirts to protect their dress shirts, however the places that had the most body contact in a shirt were at the collar and cuff. Thus these were added to preserve a shirt in the places that an undershirt did not protect. It was much more cost efficient to purchase just a collar and a set of cuffs then to purchase the entire shirt with them on. Thus the need for the collar box. By removing the collar and cuffs to wash the shirt, made it possible to save on the expense of buying these items because all you had to do was to purchase a new shirt
and re-button the collar and cuffs to the new shirt.
Collar Boxes were used to keep the collar and cuffs from getting dirty when not being used. These boxes were invented around the 1860’s. Once factories were able to mass produce clothing, shirts were less expensive and more available. Thus it was no longer necessary to separate the collar and cuffs anymore, and by the 1930’s these types of shirts were no longer made…. neither were the collar boxes.
Inside the box