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Jacket

Jacket

  • Place of origin:

    England, Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand knitted cotton

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Joan D. Parkes

  • Museum number:

    T.30-1932

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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This child's jacket was in the possession of the family of Lord Portsmouth. Traditionally it is said to have belonged to the English king Charles II (1630-1685) when he was a child, but there is no evidence for this.

The construction is very similar to adult jackets worn domestically during the same period. The jacket is knitted in stocking stitch with bands of geometric motifs in plain and purl. The front edges are in garter stitch, rolled over and sewn to keep them flat. False seam lines were knitted into the interior to mimic those found in sewn jackets. In fact, the only seams are along the shoulders, which are joined by casting the front and back stitches off together.

Physical description

Baby's jacket hand-knitted in stocking stitch from cream-coloured two-ply cotton. It is decorated with bands of geometric motifs in plain and purl.

Place of Origin

England, Great Britain (made)

Date

17th century (made)

Artist/maker

unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Hand knitted cotton

Dimensions

Length: 23 cm neck to hem, Width: 40 cm arms outstretched

Object history note

Historical significance: The jacket is said to have belonged to Charles II as a child and was in the possession of the family of Lord Portsmouth.

Descriptive line

Baby's jacket, hand-knitted two-ply cotton, English, 17th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Hinchcliffe, Frances. Knit One, Purl One: Historic and Contemporary Knitting from the V&A's Collection London : Precision Press, 1985. Page 11.

Exhibition History

Knit One, Purl One (Victoria and Albert Museum 01/01/1985-31/12/1985)

Labels and date

2. BABY'S JACKET
Hand-knitted two-ply cotton
English, 17th to 18th century

The jacket was knitted in one piece in the round and was then slit down the front and the raw edges hemmed. The shoulders were joined by casting off the front and back stitches together. It is knitted in stocking stitch with bands of geometric patterning in plain and purl, and the false seam lines are knitted in.

A number of these beautifully worked jackets have survived, many of them with 17th century associations - this one was said to have belonged to Charles II as a child.

Given by Miss Joan D Parkes
T.30-1932 [1985]

Materials

Cotton

Techniques

Hand knitting

Categories

Children's clothes

Collection code

T&F

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