This section is from the "A Complete Dictionary of Dry Goods" book, by George S. Cole. Also available from Amazon: A complete dictionary of dry goods and history of silk, cotton, linen, wool and other fibrous substances,: Including a full explanation of the modern processes ... together with various useful tables.
Hickory Check. A particular style of coarse shirting, in which the checks are woven small and square, and of but two colors, usually blue and white or brown and white. The term was originally applied to this special style from its alleged hickory-like toughness, or superior wearing quality.