For generations, wildfowling was a way of life along the Eastern Seaboard and market gunning had been a necessary and respected profession. With the enactment of the Migratory Bird Act of 1918, the variant interests of the market gunner and the Federal Game Warden unfolded as a real-life cat-and-mouse game. The struggle became legendary and nowhere was it more vividly played out than along the tidewaters and estuaries of the Chesapeake Bay. Part-time friends and part-time foes, one thing the gunner and the warden shared equally was the bitter gnaw of winter’s salty northwest blows.
When it comes to staying warm, modern-day outfitters have nothing on these men. Dressing in layers was just common sense and the quilted shell was a key component of every bayman’s garb. Worn as an intermediate layer under oiled cotton smocks and bib pants, early versions were often fashioned from discarded quilts or horse blankets.
Our DryHandle Quilted Shell is an updated rendition of this time-honored, essential component of warmth on the bay. A tight 2x2 quilt pattern over the DryHandle helps to build air pockets in the poly-fill insulation and keeps them in place. Two large pockets in front and a zippered chest pocket inside. The body is full, broad and fully lined with 100% cotton; sleeves lined with nylon. Cotton rib knit cuffs, neck, waist, and underarm gussets.