Bear hunter’s outfit?

In case you haven’t seen this image (it has been going viral the last week), it is apparently a 19th century Siberian bear hunter’s outfit. Okay, I could see that, I guess… but if anyone knows the source of this image let me know. I assume its probably from a a 19th century museum catalogue. It consists of leather pants and jacket (and an iron helmet) studded all over with 1-inch iron nails. The nails are held in place by a second layer of leather lining the whole thing and quilted into place between the nails.

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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