Poaching Pockets…

For FALL 2017,  LYPH takes on the poachers pocket applying it to our poacher shirt. A mixed fabric (cotton twill / oxford cotton shirting) shirt with utilitarian front pockets up top teamed with hunting type pockets on the bottom.

Feeling the shirt needed balancing slightly we decided, ‘apply a poachers pocket to the back body panel’.

I had been reading Danny the champion of the world by Roald Dahl, a story about Danny and his poaching father at the time, so it seemed time to admit that although I have 2 Barbour jackets with poachers, I very rarely use them.

I admit they look extremely hip and cool when worn at inner city art circles but whats the real story behind the poachers pocket.

For you non hunters, a poacher is someone who illegally steals animals, fish or plants, usually for food. Subterfuge is important for the penalty for game theft is high. Many sub plots of 19th and early 20th century Brit Lit focus on poachers alluding Mi’lords gamekeeper. Perhaps this November 1959 Field and Stream review of Lady Chatterley’s Lover will remind you:
Although written many years ago, Lady Chatterley’s Lover a fictional account of the day-to-day life of an English game-keeper is still of considerable interest to outdoor-minded readers, as it contains many passages on pheasant raising, the apprehending of poachers, ways to control vermin, and other chores and duties of the professional game-keeper.

Unfortunately, one is obliged to wade through many pages of extraneous material in order to discover and savour these sidelights on the management of a Midland shooting estate, and in this reviewers opinion, the book cannot take the place of J.R. Miller’s “Practical Gamekeeper”.

To aid a poacher’s quest, full length pockets are sewn in the back of a hunters coat, usually with an opening on either side so a poacher can snatch his quarry with either hand and quickly slip it inside his coat so it is not noticed, and the poachers keeps his hands free.
I’m certain there are thousands of great stories both mythical and real life about the uses for poacher pockets,beyond holding a wet newspaper, a smuggled carton of cigarettes or a bottle of wine which is about all I can imagine. I’m game to hear yours thoughts, LYPH.

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