"The mysterious Congo Smock"
or as I like to call it "The tropical Congo Smock"
Now I finally took the time and decided to gather some photos of a very special Belgian smock type which I have never ever seen anywhere but in photos from the Congo. Now, I bet you're thinking "he's mad, he's probably just seen a Denison smock and don't know what it is"
but no, this is something completely different.
Let's begin by listing the common styles of Belgian Moon & Balls and Brushstroke smocks from the Congo era and their tell-tale details:
-Denison, full zip or half zip, flat pockets and bare press studs on their flaps. No horizontal seam/flap thingy on the upper back. Small reinforcement on the upper arms. No elbow reinforcements.
-The Belgian smock with hidden pocket buttons and a horizontal. Heavy reinforced elbows. Wave-cut seam/flap thingy on the upper back. No reinforcements on the upper arms.
-The Belgian smock with press studs on pockets. Heavy reinforced elbows. No horizontal seam/flap thingy on the upper back. Large reinforcements on the upper arms.
But then we have the mystery smock... Basically looks like a mix of a Denison and a standard Belgian smock:
-Pleated pockets, but smaller than those of the usual Belgian smocks.
-Hidden buttons on the pockets, like on the standard Belgian smocks.
-Reinforced elbows, like on the standard Belgian smocks.
-Reinforced upper arms, larger than on the Denison smocks.
-Horizontal ventilation slit on the upper back, but completely straight, not wave shaped like on the standard Belgian smocks.
-Buttons, and probably no zipper at all, on the front.
-Denison style cuff buttons, higher up on the arm than on the usual Belgian smocks.
-Overall the cut seems to be a bit better fitting than the usual Belgian smocks, slimmer, and the fabric appears softer also, more like the Denisons.
I know this is very confusing, I should've done a nice cross reference chart, but the info is there. And here come the photos:
A few shots from Africa Addio, it's the same guy:
Buttons on the front, no zipper. Small pockets like on the Denison, but pleated like on the later Belgian designs.
Straight cut upper back ventilation slit, large upper arm reinforcements.
Straight cut upper back ventilation slits, large upper arm reinforcements, reinforced elbows, hidden pocket buttons.
This photo is pretty incredible, no idea where it's from but great quality and color, wow!
Pleated front pockets with hidden buttons and reinforced upper arms, normal Belgian smocks with hidden buttons don't have those reinforced upper arms.
Also note the Denison style cuff buttons!
This is probably the best of these, it clearly shows the differences between this Mystery Smock and the standard Denison style one.
So, what do you guys think? Ever seen one of these, or have I lost my mind?