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Theatre Costume

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1890 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Crimson silk satin decorated with gold metallic braid and spangles. Lined with unbleached linen.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the British Theatre Museum Association

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Brief shorts of trunks made from crimson silk satin, embroidered with gold metallic braid, cord and spangles in a floral design. Part of a costume possibly worn by Clarice Conroy as Aladdin or Sinbad, in a late 19th century pantomime.

Physical description

Crimson silk satin shorts decorated with vertical bands of gold metallic braid applique, formed into scrolling patterns and gold spangles. The shorts fasten at the proper left and proper right hip with a single metal button and are lined with unbleached linen.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


ca. 1890 (made)


Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Crimson silk satin decorated with gold metallic braid and spangles. Lined with unbleached linen.


Length: 39 cm CF waist to hem approximate, Width: 31 cm Front waist approximate

Object history note

BTMA note when the costume was acquired states that Mrs Langley Moore "was told that it had been worn by an actress by the name of Conroy, possibly called Clarice Conroy, a well-known Principal Boy of the 1890s, when playing "Aladdin" or "Sinbad"."

Provenance: Purchased by BTMA from Doris Langley Moore £5.5.0

Descriptive line

Brief shorts or trunks for a principal boy, made from crimson silk satin. Possibly worn by Clarice Conroy possibly as Aladdin or Sinbad, ca. 1890


Silk satin; Gold metal braid; Cord (fiber product); Spangle; Tassel; Linen


Machine stitching; Hand stitching; Applique

Subjects depicted

Drag; Principal Boy costume


Entertainment & Leisure; Clothing; Pantomime


Theatre and Performance Collection

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