Bemis bags are probably the best known brand of vintage feed, seed and milling company sacks that were made. They provided the cloth bags for years for these companies, and one of them is used to make this apron.
The bag used for this apron simply had the company logo with the words Bemis Extra Heavy Seamless in a circle shape around the letter A. This bag is marked 76.
This Bemis apron fabric has a large grease stain as shown in photo three. There are spots here and there as would be typical of a vintage feed bag its' age. Also, there is one patch that has been repaired as shown in the last photo. The stitches from the old repair still show that may or may not disappear after washing. Please consider all of these factors before purchase.
Heavy cotton webbing is used for the neck loop and the waist ties.
The Bemis Historical Society offers this information about the company:
"The community of Bemis, Tennesee, and the Jackson Fiber Company which was later to be called "Bemis Cotton Mill", were born of the efforts of Judson Moss Bemis and the company he had founded in 1858, now known as Bemis Bro. Bag Company. Realizing that his company's bag factories must have a dependable supply of high-quality cotton bag goods, Mr. Bemis decided to build a cotton mill near the cotton fields, source of the raw material; near a good railroad center assuring excellent transportation service; and among people who would make dependable and efficient employees. The site that became Bemis offered all three of these fundamental requisites. Built on the original 300-acre site donated by the forward-thinking citizens of Jackson and Madison County through county appropriation, the first mill of 21,000 spindle capacity was erected in 1900, actual production starting the year following."
The apron waist is 33 inches.
The length is 34 inches.
The ties are 41 inches.
Please use measurements to determine sizing. Many men choose this style of apron for grilling or chuck wagon cooking.
* Please keep in mind this apron was created from an authentic vintage cloth sack. Photos show the design and print darker than in actuality. While the apron is described as accurately as possible, due to the vintage quality there may be age marks not noted specifically. Also, finding some or many seeds or feed pieces caught in the fabric is quite common. The bags have been washed at least once and many seed/feed pieces have already been removed, but some may remain.
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