Condition: Excellent, Great
According to the shape, ornamentation, and function of this travel coat, it was most likely worn by a samurai, or a nobleman during the Edo period (1613-1868). Pictured is a three-quarter length outer coat made of dyed raw Silk in a matte bronze color with black accents. The Michiyuki was normally worn by both men and women outside of the house, or when expecting visitors.
This Traveling Coat reflects the status of its wearer. The Edo Period was an extremely status-conscious time in Japanese history, and this was nowhere more evident than in the case of the samurai, businessmen and their family members. Style was, as always, important, and subject to much greater regulation. The Michiyuki has a standing collar in which the coat fastens closed at the right outer and left inner side of the neck with decorative frogs. The right side of the coat has black cording to close and embellish the piece. There is a tiny hole in the right shoulder of the textile that does not distract from its use or enjoyment.
The outstanding quality of sewing and fabric has to be seen to be truly appreciated. The piece has been professionally cleaned (slightly wrinkled from storage). Age: Early 1800s. Approximate Dimensions: 51” x 33-1/2”L
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection