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Doublet and breeches

Doublet and breeches

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1625-1635 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wool, trimmed with silk and lined with linen

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Spickernell

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This ensemble of plain wool serge, probably once black, now faded to brown, is a rare example of everyday men’s dress of the early 17th century. It is lined for warmth with a linen pile fabric, similar to modern towelling. The doublet openings are faced with shot silk, perhaps to deceive a casual observer that the whole garment was lined with a more luxurious fabric.

The cut of the ensemble may represent the rather old-fashioned tastes of someone from a rural area or an older man. By 1625 slashed or paned sleeves were coming into fashion and a longer, slimmer cut of breeches replacing the full style seen here.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1625-1635 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Wool, trimmed with silk and lined with linen

Object history note

Given by Lady Spickernell in 1938 and said to have belonged to the Cotton family of Etwall Hall in Derbyshire.

Descriptive line

Wool doublet and breeches, made in England, 1625-1635

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

Patterson, Angus, Fashion and Armour in Renaissance Europe: Proud Lookes and Brave Attire, V&A Publishing, London, 2009, ISBN 9781851775811, p. 54, ill.


Fashion; Clothing; Europeana Fashion Project; Men's clothes


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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